Published on: Tue, 24 Mar 2020 17:39:53
REJOINDER: FULOKOJA GOVERNING COUNCIL LOSES TO PROF IBILEYE AS NICN SETS ASIDE COUNCIL'S DECISION
The attention of the Management has been drawn to the misinterpretation of the motion on notice brought before the National Industrial Court of Nigeria by two members of staff of the University; Prof Solomon Ibileye and Mr Tommy Aina now on suspension. The duo are on suspension for taking the University to court without exhausting the internal mechanism of the University for dispute resolution. The 2nd University Governing Council waded into their matters because of their pleas and those of some respected members of the University community. The Council magnanimously treated the case in her last meeting on February 10, 2020 after the duo had bargained; withdrawn their case from the court and agreed to an out of Court settlement. The Council after looking dispassionately at the facts of the case agreed that the duo erred and in her wisdom directed that the two staff should write a letter of apology to the Council, a condition which must be met before they will be allowed to resume work.
Contrary to the directive of the Council, the duo filed another suit challenging the decision of the Council thereby truncating the out of Court settlement process. The court looked at the motion on notice brought by the claimants and the court decided to set aside an aspect of the motion which deals with the Council's decision taken on February 10, 2020. The court thereby set aside letters given to them pending when the case comes up for hearing. This matter may take the court some time to resolve. Setting aside an aspect of the motion on notice is not a victory for the claimants. This is contrary to the false claim being peddled on the Social Media that FULOKOJA GOVERNING COUNCIL LOSES TO PROF IBILEYE AS NICN SETS ASIDE COUNCIL'S DECISION, in a Judgment purportedly delivered by Honourable Justice O. O. OYEWUMI on Thursday, 19th March 2020.
The truth is that the substantive suit comes up on 4th May, 2020. The pronouncement of the Honourable Judge on 19th March has not put an end to this suit as the claimants would want to make unsuspecting readers to believe.