By Ameh Ejekwonyilo
Sacked acting Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Mohammed Duada yesterday approached the National Industrial Court in Abuja challenging his purported dismissal and praying the court to reinstate him.
Dauda in an Originating Summons filed through his counsel, Kanu Agabi (SAN) and marked NICN/ABJ/136/2018 joined the DG, NIA and the NIA as 1st and 2nd defendants respectively.
The claimant is praying the court to determine whether the procedure adopted by the defendants in the process leading to his purported dismissal is in compliance with Article 8(1) and (2) of the National Securities Agency Act (CAPS 278) 1986.
He also want the court to determine whether in view of the extant provisions of Article 8(1) and (2) of the National Securities Act (CAPS 278) 1986, retired Directors of NIA are competent to sit as members in the Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee (SSDC) and if not, whether the failure of the Defendants to set up a competent Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee SSDC to look into the allegation levied against him constitutes a violation of his constitutional right to fair hearing?
The claimant equally asks the court to determine whether the purported letter dismissing him issued by the defendants on March 6, 2018 is not unlawful, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.
He however prays the court that the in the circumstance of affirmative answers to his questions, whether he is not entitled to be reinstated as Director of NIA.
He therefore prays the court for a declaration that the procedure adopted by the defendants in the process leading to his dismissal falls short of the provisions of Articles 8(1) and (2) of the National Securities Agency Act (Cap 278 LFN) 1986 and is null and void.
No date has been fixed for hearing of the matter.