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Employee sues communication firm for N350 million

By Abdulwahab Abdulah

A N350 million suit has been instituted against Tecno Telecoms Limited and three others over  alleged wrongful inducement and misrepresentation of facts, that led  the claimant accepting a job  from  defendant’s company. Respondents in the suit  by Mr Festus Irenonse before the Lagos division of the National Industrial Court, NIC, are Mr Rat Fang, Mr. Adebayo Adegboye and Total Data Limited.

In the suit, the claimant is praying the court for a declaration that the defendants “are liable for the tort of deceit by representing facts which they knew were false to the claimant with the aim of inducing him to rely on same and to accept the offer of employment dated May 25, 2015 for the position of Training Manager with the 1st defendant.”

The claimant is asking for exemplary damages and other damages in the sum of N350 million.  In the suit   by his counsel, Chief U. Udechukwu, SAN, the claimant narrated how he was allegedly lured and persuaded to resign from his previous employment by Tecno Nigeria Ltd and offered an employment as Training Manager for the company in a letter dated May 25, 2015.

Management of the company

The claimant narrated of several meetings and exchange of communications between him and the management of the company including the second and third defendants, who are the head of the company’s business unit in Nigeria and its Human Resources Manager respectively leading to his decision to work for Tecno Limited.

He averred that to convince him of his employment as a staff of Tecno, he was issued an identification card bearing the name and logo of the company for which he worked between July 1 and September 16, 2015.

“The relationship between the parties started going sour however, when he was orally informed by the 2nd and 3rd defendants that his salary was too high. The situation further degenerated on September 16, 2015, when he received an electronic mail titled, “Service no longer required” from the 4th defendant, which was also supported by another mail from the head of business unit, indicating that his employment had been terminated.

Meanwhile, the defendants have asked the court to dismiss the case with cost,  saying that contentions of the claimant are untrue,” maintaining that there was contractual relationship between the claimant and Total Ltd, since it was the company that offered him employment as indicated in the employment letter dated May 25, 2015.


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