PAUL ADAMU GALINJE, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The Respondent in this appeal was an employee of the Appellant, a company registered in Nigeria and carries on the business of Oil servicing and other ancillary contracts.
On the 7th of July, 1999 the Respondent aforesaid was involved in a major industrial accident in which he sustained injuries on his left hand at the Appellant's Eleme Grading Plaint. He was hospitalized for quite sometime.
On the 6th of July, 2002 the respondent was disengaged from the services of his employer through a letter dated the same date which declared him redundant. In reaction to the letter of disengagement, the respondent by a writ of summons filed on the 12th of May, 2004 at the Rivers State High Court, claimed against the appellant the following reliefs:-
"1. A declaration that the callous, unjust and inhuman disengagement from the employment of the plaintiff by the defendant is unjust, wrongful and therefore null and void.
2. A declaration…