National Industrial Court, Abuja, will hear the final written addresses in a suit filed against the Nigerian Navy by a former Naval Officer, Lt.-Cdr. Steve Edeh, on Oct. 17.
The judge, Justice Babatunde Adejumo, fixed the date after the claimant’s counsel; Mr. Anthony Omaghomi closed his case.
Omaghomi closed his case after he cross examined the defendant’s witness.
Edeh had prayed the court to compel the Navy to pay the salary accrued to him from September, 2005 to August, 2011 following the termination of his appointment.
The Navy allegedly terminated Edeh’s appointment on grounds of being Away without Leave, AWOL.
He prayed the court to compel the Navy to release his international passport and his original certificates which were confiscated.
In his evidence, Cdr. Shehu Tasiu, told the court that the Navy discovered that Edeh was AWOL in 2007 and that was when his salary was stopped.
Tasiu said that Edeh was away on study leave in London, but that he exceeded the period that the Navy permitted him to be outside the country for studies.
He said that Edeh had continued to receive his salary because the Navy had not realised that he was AWOL.
Tasiu said that the salary was stopped immediately this AWOL was discovered.
On why the claimant who was said to be AWOL since 2005 continued to receive his salary until 2007, Tasiu said that it could have been an administrative lapse.
Omaghomi, while cross examining the witness told the court that there was an allegation that his client was AWOL.
He said that his client was redeployed when he returned from his studies abroad.
Omaghomi, said his client couldn’t have been on AWOL when the Navy had direct communication with him.
He also said that the claimant was being paid his salaries so he couldn’t have been AWOL.
Omaghomi further told the court that in spite of the fact that his client was allegedly said to be AWOL, he was subsequently considered for a promotion when
he returned.
He said that all his client was asking for was his salary, his certificates and international passport to be released to him.

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