The hearing of a lawsuit filed, Funmilayo Omosule, against the Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority Administration (OGFZAA) for its alleged illegal suspension stalled on Tuesday at the Abuja National Industrial Court. Judge Olufunke Anuwe adjourned the matter until February 1. after the absence of OGFZAA‘s lawyer in court. When the matter was called, the plaintiff’s lawyer, Kekechi Uzoanya, informed that the matter was scheduled for today for the adoption of the final written directions of the parties in the lawsuit. Uzoanya said that the defense lawyer had yet to submit the written address of him so that they can respond properly. “We were hoping the defense would come forward so we can respond. Unfortunately, we are still waiting for them to show up,” he said. In addition, Uzoanya said that the defense lawyer was not in court. He said the court clerk told him that the defense lawyer sent a message that he had pre-election business in Gombe. However, the judge told Uzoanya that the defense attorney’s failure to submit his final address in writing should not prevent the plaintiff from submitting his. Accordingly, Judge Anuwe adjourned the matter until February 1 for the adoption of final written directions. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Omosule and OGFZAA had been locked in a fierce legal battle to resolve the legality or otherwise of his suspension, following his petition against some of the agency’s administrative staff for alleged corruption. OGFZAA had, through a letter dated April 18, 2011, suspended Omosule as manager of its Abuja office because he had refused to comply with its letter dated December 3, 2010, which had ordered him to present the originals of your credentials. for verification. However, Omosule refuted the authority’s claim, stating that he made available to the defendant the CTCs of his educational certificates/credentials, including GCE ‘O Level certificates and degree certificates, as per the instructions. Omosule had claimed that the originals of his credentials went missing under untraceable circumstances in 2010 when the report to produce the originals was made. The claimant also asserted that the CTCs of its certificates presented to the respondent were certified institutions, which included the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and Ado-Ekiti University, then Ondo State University, Ado Ekiti, respectively. Plaintiff seeks the court’s declaration that he was still a staff member of the organization and was entitled to all rights, privileges, and benefits due to his employment. court for an order ordering the defendant to reinstate him to the position of principal, at the 17th grade level, a position that his contemporaries claimed were currently being held. Omosule is also seeking the court’s order to order the defendant to pay all outstanding wages, benefits and entitlements to him since 2011 and also to order the defendant to pay him the sum of N50 million as exemplary and general damages.
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