Alleged wrongful termination: Court fixes March 5 for adoption of written addresses in ex-DG BPE’s suit

The National Industrial Court, Abuja, has fixed March 5  for the adoption of final written addresses in a suit filed by a former  Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises ( BPE), Dr Vincent Akpotaire, challenging his alleged wrongful termination.

At the resumed sitting on Thursday, Justice  Sanusi Kado, fixed the date after both counsel in the matter failed to submit soft copies of the written addresses in conformity to the rule of the NICN.

Earlier, the  defence counsel, Davidson Uturu had notified the court that they had an application for motion on notice for an extension of time to enable them regularise their reply on point of law filed out of time.

The judge therefore proceeded to ask the claimant counsel, Praise Igajah if he was objecting to the application.

Igajah said he had no objection, but notified the court that he had not be served with the process.

Sanusi directed the service of the process immediately and stepped down the matter for 15 minutes to enable Igajah study the document.

Igajah after studying the document raised no objection and the judge said” the motion on notice seeking for extension of time, for reply on point of law having not been objected to, is hereby deemed as properly filed”, Sanusi said.

 In addition, he adjourned the matter until March 5, for adoption of final written addresses after he directed the counsel to submit the soft copies of the documents.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Akpotaire the claimant, was employed by the defendant, BPE in 2007 as an assistant director and rose  through the rank until his appointment as acting DG in Feb. 2016, a position he held until April, 2017

His employment was allegedly terminated wrongfully in  a letter dated Nov. 16, 2017.

Akpotaire therefore approached the court to challenge the termination of his employment by seeking for a declaration that his purported termination is wrongful, null, void and of no effect.

He is  also seeking  a declaration that his employment with the defendant is valid and still subsisting.

He is also seeking for an order of court for payment of his salaries, benefits, privileges and entitlements as accrued from 2017 when his employment was allegedly terminated till date.

The claimant in addition is seeking for the award of N100 million as general damages.

Also joined as co-defentant in the suit is National Council on Privatization (NAN)