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(1999) JELR 57659 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC. 37/1997  •  6 Dec 1999  •  Nigeria



BELGORE, J.S.C. ( Delivering the Lead Judgment): Clearly, this is a matter of Master and Servant where master places servant on suspension pending investigation of corruption. Corruption is a serious crime and in the ivory tower, the University , it must not be allowed to linger for too long so as to minimize the damage to the academic atmosphere. This has no bearing on issues of Fundamental Rights under the Constitution of 1979 or the one of 1999. To say the best, this delay has militated against prompt resolution of the complaint against the appellant. I find no merit in this appeal, it is no more than a voyage of discovery. I therefore dismiss it with N10,000.00 costs to respondent. KUTIGI, J.S.C.: I agree with the judgment just read by mylearned brother Belgore, J.S.C. There is absolutely no merit in the appeal. The Court of Appeal was right when it struck-out the case before the Federal High Court for want of jurisdiction as the case was not properly before that court. The …

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