[Alleged Sexual Misconduct] Court docket declares employment termination of Isaac Abifarin as wrongful, awards damages
His Lordship, Hon. Justice Ikechi Nweneka of the Lagos Judicial Division of the Nationwide Industrial Court docket has declared the appointment termination of Mr. Isaac Abifarin by the Windfall College on twenty eighth June 2019 on the allegation of sexual misconduct as wrongful and violation of the Abifarin’s elementary proper to honest listening to as assured by the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 [as amended] and Article 7 of the African Constitution on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
The Court docket held that Abifarin’s disengagement carries with it a stigma on his character for which he’s entitled to substantial harm far past the wage paid in lieu of discover; ordered the varsity to pay him the sum of 1 million Naira as damages and the sum of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand price of motion inside 30 days.
From info, the Claimant- Isaac Abifarin had submitted that the varsity violated his proper to honest listening to earlier than terminating his employment that he didn’t obtain any particular criticism from the panel accusing him of sexual misconduct; and was not invited by the panel to clear his title and he was not given the chance to problem the sufferer of the alleged sexual misconduct; that he has by no means been accused of sexual misconduct by anyone.
He opined additional that the process adopted by the panel was designed to victimize him and forged aspersion on his integrity.
In defence, the varsity additionally submitted that claimant was given honest listening to, denied his involvement of sexual misconduct however admitted utilizing sexually specific phrases that the committee ready its report and a Board authorised the termination of his appointment, argued that termination or suspension of an worker doesn’t quantity to a breach of his elementary rights urged the Court docket to refuse all of the reliefs sought.
Persevering with, discovered counsel Funmi Adeogun Esq. with Adebayo Hamid Esq. and Toyin Usman Esq. acknowledged that the claims for obligatory order for alleged contributory pension and tax deduction can not maintain water as it’s unsupported with any documentary proof urged the Court docket to refuse all of the reliefs sought on this go well with.
In opposition, Claimant Counsel O. W. Alabi Esq. with O. A. Akinwunmi Esq. contended suspicion irrespective of how robust can’t be substituted for the fee of a criminal offense and maintained that no person wants documentary proof to show the impact of the wild allegation of sexual misconduct urged the Court docket to grant the reliefs claimed.
After cautious analysis of submissions of each events, Delivering the Judgment, the presiding Decide, Hon. Justice Ikechi Nweneka held the panel was established, amongst different issues, to research the involvement of the Claimant with the scholars, that the vital query begging for reply is, how may such investigation be carried out in a “thorough method” with out the panel taking representations from the Claimant who’s within the eye of the storm?
“Worse nonetheless, recent allegations have been made in opposition to the Claimant throughout the panel’s sittings, and but the panel didn’t take into account it essential to ask the Claimant for his response.
“In these circumstances, I come to the irresistible conclusion that the panel’s sitting was a charade and all the investigation course of was skewed in opposition to the Claimant and denied him of his proper to honest listening to; the truth that the Claimant attended the conferences of seventeenth June 2019 however.
“Taking into consideration the variety of years the Claimant labored with the Defendant with out blemish, the trade he operates in and the probability that the allegation will canine his profession for a very long time to come back, I award him normal damages within the sum of N1, 000,000 [one million naira].
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