The National Industrial Court in Ibadan on Monday stopped the University of Ibadan management from ejecting a sacked lecturer, Dr. Adenike Ogunshe, from her official residence, pending the determination of a suit. Ogunshe, a lecturer in the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, is challenging the institution and its governing council over the unlawful termination of her appointment.
The institution had also directed the claimant to vacate her quarters on the institution’s campus, immediately the termination of her appointment was announced
Counsel to the claimant, Mr Femi Aborisade, in a motion exparte, urged the court to stop the University of Ibadan from carrying out the directive. Justice Faustina Kola-Olalere granted the motion and instructed the University of Ibadan not to eject the claimant from her official residence. The judge also, adjourned the case till Jan. 19, for further hearing of the suit.
According to reports, the claimant, The University of Ibadan terminated Dr. Ogunshe’s appointment because of an alleged misconduct. Aborisade had earlier told the court that the appointment of his client was wrongly terminated, adding that due process was not followed. He further said that the termination of the appointment of his client was unconstitutional, unlawful and a violation of her constitutionally guaranteed her right to life, as well as her right to natural justice and fair hearing. The counsel also urged the court to set aside the purported termination of the appointment and reinstall the claimant to her position, without any loss of earnings, salaries and allowances. He told the court that the sudden termination of his client’s appointment has caused her a lot of physical and mental aggravation and as such he urged the court to order the respondents to pay N8 million as general damages, for failure to give the equitable three months notice before termination of the claimant’s appointment.