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Court rules on suit challenging sack of ex-NIA boss Oct 12

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

ABUJA—The National Industrial Court, NIC, sitting in Abuja yesterday slated October 12 to deliver judgement in a suit the former Acting Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Mr. Mohammed Duada, filed to challenge his sack by the Federal Government.

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Justice Olufunke Yemi Anuwee reserved judgement on the matter after all the parties adopted their final briefs of argument.

The ex-NIA boss had in an Originating Summons he filed through his team of lawyers led by a former Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Kanu Agabi, SAN, prayed the court to void his sack and reinstate him back to the office.

Cited as 1st and 2nd defendants in the suit marked NICN/ABJ/136/2018, were the current DG of the NIA,   as well as the agency itself.

The claimant asked the court to determine whether the procedure adopted by the defendants in the process leading to his purported dismissal from office, was in compliance with Article 8(1) and (2) of the National Securities Agency Act 1986.

He urged the court to determine whether in view of the extant provisions of Article 8(1) and (2) of the National Securities Ac (CAPS 278) 1986, retired Directors of NIA are competent to sit as members in the Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee (SSDC) and if not, whether the failure of the Defendants to set up a competent Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee SSDC to look into the allegation levied against him constitutes a violation of his constitutional right to fair hearing.

More so, Dauda asked the court to determine whether the purported  letter that was issued by the defendants on March 6, 2018, which dismissed him, is not unlawful, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.

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