Court stops Army Council from activating Maj.-Gen Ijioma’s sack

Symbol-of-justice (1) (1)The National Industrial Court has stopped the Nigeria Army Council from documenting the retirement of Maj.-Gen. Ijioma Ijioma.

The court ordered the Nigerian Army to await its decision in the matter before it would take any further step.

But the court threw out a separate request for the reinstatement of the senior military officer.

The trial court held that the claimant could not be reinstated because the substantive suit had not been heard.

“It is not for me now to put him back to his post. If we reinstate the claimant back, there is nothing to be heard,’’ she held.

Ijioma’s Counsel, Benson Igbanoi held the brief of Chief Michael Ozekhome (SAN) on Tuesday.

He had asked the court to direct the respondent to halt the processing of Ijioma’s entitlements.

The respondents had through a letter directed the claimant to complete the documentation processes for payment of all his entitlement within 90 days.

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The claimant was purportedly retired on June 9, 2016.

Paul Imafidor and Michael Owolabi, who represented the Minister of Defence, Chief of Defence Staff and Chief of Army staff, said they were not served with the processes.

They applied for adjournment to enable them acquaint themselves with the facts of the case.

Esowe adjourned the case till October 12 and ordered that fresh hearing notices be served on the respondents