(2008) JELR 46365 (CA)    

Court of Appeal  ·  CA/IL/22/2007 ·  16 Jul 2008 ·  Nigeria
SOTONYE DENTON WEST Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria IGNATUS IGWA AGUBE Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria CENTUS CHIMA NWEZE Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria
Core Terms Beta
learned trial judge
learned counsel
fair hearing
evidence act
evidence of character
indefinite suspension
determination of this appeal
grounds of appeal
purported termination of his appointment
ample evidence
police custody
statement of claim
trial judge
claims of the appellant
dispassionate consideration
issue iii
management of the respondent
notice of appeal
purported letter of termination of his appointment
allegation of contract
approach of the learned trial judge
approach of the learned trial judge amounts
committee of enquiry
conclusion of hearing of the committee
course of the appellant
decision of the federal high court holden
end of trial
facts of the case
federal high court
focus of the issue
inadmissible evidence
indictment of the appellant
letter of appointment
necessary action
officers of the respondent
preponderance of evidence
said decision
service of the respondent
supervisory minister
termination of the appointment of the appellant
view of the failure of the panel

SOTONYE DENTON WEST, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an appeal against the decision of the Federal High Court Holden at Borin delivered on 31st day May, 2005.

The facts of the case can be stated as follows: The Appellant joined the Respondent in January, 1990 as a Senior Administrative Officer after having passed through the due process of employment. He was issued a letter of appointment. He was in the service of the Respondent until the 13th day of October, 1992, when he was suspended indefinitely from work. The indefinite suspension was as a result of an inquiry into an allegation of contract racketeering which was contained in an article published in the Guardian Newspapers of 10th of August, 1992. The management of the Respondent empanelled a committee of enquiry to look into the allegation and to report back on its findings.

The Committee invited officers of the Respondent to appear before it and say what they knew about the "contract syndicate". Appellant was…

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