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Edo State: UNIBEN Staff sues Management For N20m

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Edo State – A staff of the University of Benin, Ugbowo Campus, Mr Edoseghe Oghogho Idahosa has sued the institution, the Vice Chancellor Prof Faraday Orumwense and its Registrar MRS. O.A. Oshodin on a suit no. NICN/ BEN/30/2018, dated 12th October 2018.

The Complainant took the step after the management of the University refused to reinstate him on the order of Magistrate Court in Ekiadolor with suit no. MCK/2 C/2014.14/3/2017.

University of Benin (UNIBEN)
University of Benin (UNIBEN)

Edoseghe in his recent suit is asking for N20 million for damages.

In the suit, a copy with was made available to NAIJA CENTER NEWS reads:

Complaint: In the National Industrial Court of Nigeria In the Akure Judicial Division Holden At Akure.

Between:

Mr Edoseghe Oghogho Idahosa

And

1. The University of Benin
2, The Vice-Chancellor, University of Benin
3, The Registrar, University of Benin

To:

1. University of Benin, Ugbowo, Benin City;
2. The Vice-Chancellor, University of Benin, Ugbowo, Benin City;
3. The Registrar, University of Benin, Ugbowo, Benin City.

You are hereby commanded that within 13 days after the service of this complaint on you, inclusive of the day of such service, you do cause an appearance to be entered for you in an action at the Suit of the Claimant and Take Notice that in default of you so doing, the Claimant may proceed therein and judgement may be given in your absence.

By Order of Court.
12th, October

The aggrieved Edoseghe was placed on interdiction since the 28 October 2016 because of pending criminal charges against him and his colleague, Mr Noren Uwaifo.

The charge, it was gathered, was made by a former Secretary, Ms Vanessa Osaruese Osula, who was also charged for a crime of attempting to steal policy document from the complainant’s file cabinet in a charge no. MCK/157 C/2013.

The university management decided to withdraw charges against her, even after the prosecution had closed its case, then reinstated her later.

The Ekiadolor Magistrate Court discharged and acquitted Edoseghe and his colleague of all charges on the 14/03/2017.

According to the information, the embattled staff informed the University management through a letter dated 30/03/17 and a reminder on 22/05/2017 respectively on his victory and called for his reinstatement, which was declined.

The management informed him through its letter dated 13/7/17 that he won’t be reinstated because of a pending appeal against his favourable judgement.

It was gathered that the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Edo State Prof(Mrs) Yinka Omorogbe later withdrew the Notice of Appeal on the 18/10/17 which was also communicated to the University management through a letter dated 25/10/17, yet the UNIBEN remained adamant to comply with the court order.

It was gathered that Edoseghe later wrote a Pre-action notice, informing the University of his resolve to enforce his reinstatement through the National Industrial Court if they continued to refuse to reinstate him.

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