Why court ordered reinstatement of illegally dismissed Nigerian Army officer

The National Industrial Court, on Wednesday, ordered the Nigerian Army to reinstate a senior officer, Mohammed Suleiman, having established that the military authorities broke the law in dismissing him in 2016.

Delivering judgement on Wednesday at the headquarters of the court in Abuja, Sanusi Kado, the judge, said, “The compulsory retirement of the claimant by the Nigerian Army via a letter of Compulsory Retirement in 2016, is Ultra vires, illegal, unlawful, null and void.”

Mr Kado said the defendants failed to act with respect to the law, by not adhering to its own rules and guidelines of employment.

Thus, the judge said that the action of the army in retiring the claimant is unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect.

He ruled that Mr Suleiman, who was arbitrarily…

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