National Industrial Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, to reinstate the suspended Borno State assistant commander, Prince Benjamin Saliu Ikani, who was suspended from duty recently.
Apart from reinstating the assistant commander, the court headed by Justice O. A. Obaseki-Osaghe also ordered the anti-narcotic agency to pay the assistant commander all his remunerations till-date.
The court order was sequel to an exparte motion filed before it by Ikani, who was suspended from duty by the agency on February 16, 2015.
Joined in the suit as defendants were the chairman of NDLEA, Mr. Giade, NDLEA and the agency’s director general/secretary, Mrs. Roli Bode George.
Consequently, Justice Obasek-Osaghe has adjourned till May 14, 2015, for hearing on the applicant’s motion on notice.
The NDLEA had in letter dated February 16, 2015, and signed by its director general/secretary, Mrs. Bode George, informed Prince Ikani of his suspension from duty.
Ikani, a former Attorney-General of Kogi State, in an affidavit in support of the motion on notice deposed to by himself and filed before the court be his lawyer, Mr. A. O. Oluyede, averred that the current administration of the agency under the chairmanship of Mr. Giade had taken exceptional and declared war on him following his appointment by the Attorney-General of the Federation as the secretary of a seven-man presidential committee for the reform of NDLEA.
The committee inaugurated in 2006 and headed by the retired Justice Gilbert Obayan.
The plaintiff also stated that he knew as a fact that the NDLEA chairman, Mr. Giade deliberately constituted SSDC with Dr. Ismail and Mr. F. A. Oloruntoba as chairman and member, so as to secure a premeditated result and ensure that the SSDC is not independent or capable of considering the spurious complaints objectively; and that it was clear that unless the court intervened, the respondents would proceed to their given end by finding him guilty and thereby attain their aim of either seeing him retired or his contract of employment terminated.


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