A Chief Magistrate Court sitting at Zone 6, of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja has fixed October 24 for hearing a motion in the suit filed against two members of staff of the Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority, OGFZA.
The date was fixed following the absence of Magistrate Emmanuel Iyanna in court on Monday.
Although lawyer to the plaintiff, Ruth Idowu, was in court, the magistrate, the defendants and their counsel were not in court.
The two officials: Head, Legal Services and Secretary to the OGFZA Board, Mr Wasiu Sule; and Head, Human Resource, Mr Alenju Ngofa, are facing allegations bordering on forgery and falsification of documents.
The complainant/plaintiff in the suit is Mr Olufunmilayo David Omosule, while the first and second defendants are Sule and Ngofa respectively.
The matter, which was reassigned to Iyanna, was formerly before Magistrate Mabel Segun-Bello of Wuse Zone II Magistrates’ Court, but the case was reassigned following the elevation of Segun-Bello to the Federal High Court as a judge.
Recall that OGFZA and Omosule had been locked in legal battle over the legality or otherwise of the plaintiff’s suspension, following his petition against some management staff of the agency on alleged corruption.
Omosule had alleged that the defendants willfully and maliciously distorted his records “to appear as though he does not possess any requisite qualification to be employed at OGFZA; or any qualification at all to be considered for promotion.”
He said their action was tantamount to forgery and falsification of documents contrary to Section 363 and 364 of the Penal Code, which is detrimental and injurious to his person.
The agency had, via a letter dated April 18, 2011, suspended Omosule as the manager of its Abuja office, on the grounds that he refused to comply with its letter dated December 3, 2010, which had directed him to present the originals of his credentials for verification.
Omosule, however, refuted the claim of the authority, stating that he made available to the organisation, Certified True Copies, CTCs, of his educational certificates/credentials, including GCE O’ Level certificates and degree certificates as instructed.
Omosule had claimed that the originals of his credentials were misplaced in untraceable circumstances as at 2010, when the request to submit the originals was made.
The claimant also averred that the CTCs of his certificates submitted to the agency were certified by the issuing institutions: the West African Examination Council, WAEC, and the University of Ado-Ekiti, then Ondo State University, Ado-Ekiti, respectively.
The claimant is therefore seeking the court’s declaration that he was still a staff of the organisation and entitled to all the rights, privileges and benefits due to him by reason of his employment.
He is praying the court for an order directing the defendant to reinstate him to the position of a director, on grade level 17, a position he claimed his contemporaries were occulting currently.
Omosule is equally seeking for the order of the court to direct the agency to pay all his outstanding salaries, benefits and entitlement since 2011.
In addition, he is asking the court to order the organisation to pay him the sum of N50 million as exemplary and general damages.