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DOMINIC E. NTIERO V. NIGERIAN PORTS AUTHORITY

(2008) JELR 33585 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.39/2001  •  23 May 2008  •  Nigeria

Coram
ALOYSIUS IYORGYER KATSINA-ALU JSC; GEORGE ADESOLA OGUNTADE JSC; SUNDAY AKINOLA AKINTAN JSC; MAHMUD MOHAMMED JSC; IBRAHIM TANKO MUHAMMAD JSC;

Judgement

S. A. AKINTAN, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The appellant, Dominic Ntiero, was an employee of the respondent. He was the Senior Industrial Relations Officer. He had served the respondent for about 14 years before the dispute that led to this case arose between him and his employer. It was shortly after he was transferred to Warri that he received a letter on 6th June, 1984 by which he was interdicted without pay. The appellant's reaction was first to appeal to the appropriate officers of the respondent to rescind the letter of interdiction written to him. There was however no favourable reply to his plea for reconsideration of his case. Rather than withdraw the interdiction letter, he received another letter by which he was dismissed from the services of the respondent.

The appellant, as plaintiff, therefore commenced this action at Calabar High Court. His claim as set out in his amended particulars of claim is as follows:

"1. A declaration that the order interdicting theā€¦

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