Shuaib vs Okonjo-Iweala: Court Orders FG to Reinstate NEMA Spokesperson 4 Year After Compulsory Retirement
…….. Also Orders Payment of Salaries and Allowance within one Month
Justice David Isele of the National Industrial Court (NIC) has ordered the immediate reinstatement of former Spokesperson of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Yushau A. Shuaib back into the public service after forceful retired In 2013 over an opinion article he wrote on former Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
Through Barrister James Ode Abah of Bamidele Aturu Legal Chamber, Shuaib had sued the Finance Minister, Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) and Federal Ministry of information over the purported retirement.
Delivering the Judgement, Justice Isele declared that the letter retiring Shuaib from service has no force of law and is therefore illegal, unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever being in flagrant violation of the civil service rules.
The judge also declared “the premature retirement of NEMA spokesperson by the Federal Government without conducting any investigation, without giving him an opportunity to defend himself and without complying with the condition precedent for retirement is contrary to section 36 of the 1999 Constitution and therefore illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and null and void.”
The court, therefore, ordered the immediate reinstatement of Yushau Shuaib to his duty post as the Chief Information Officer without any loss to seniority, salaries, position and other emoluments.
The judge orders the Federal Government to compute and pay within 30 days (before Xmas/New Year) all Shuaib’s salaries, allowances and other emoluments due to him from June 2013 to the judgment date (November 22, 2017) and interest at the prevailing commercial bank’s rate on his total package.
The case centred on the illegal and unlawful retirement of Shuaib over an allegation of criticizing a former Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in an opinion article on lopsided appointment in the public service. Early in his statement of defence before the court, Shuaib had stated that Public Service Rule 030421 gave him the right to write an article. The section states that “Nothing in this rule shall be deemed to prevent an officer from publishing in his own name, by writing, speech or broadcast matters relating to a subject of general interest which does not contain a critic of any officer.” He also cited Section 39 (1) of the 1999 Constitution which states that “Every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including the freedom to hold opinions and receive and impart ideas and information without interference.”
Shuaib an award-winning writer was offered automatic employment by Delta State and Federal Government after winning State and Presidential Awards of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) scheme in 1993.
He had served at various organisations as Public Relations Officer and Press Secretary including Delta State Govt House, Asaba; Ministry of Information, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health, Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), National Press Centre, and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
After his purported compulsory retirement, Shuaib activated PRNigeria, a press release platform for critical institutions in Nigeria serving the Military, Security, Intelligence and Response Agencies among others.
NAF Destroys Boko Haram Bomb-Making Facility in Konduga
Video Link: https://youtu.be/6uOxwxyt914
In furtherance of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), on 20 November 2017, successfully destroyed a Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) facility for manufacturing of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The BHT facility, which was in a place known as YIWE Forest, located 23km south of Konduga in Borno State.
Previous NAF Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions had revealed the location to be a BHT hideout, from where the Maiduguri suicide bombing of 18 November 2017 was reportedly planned. Available Human Intelligence also revealed that the hideout contained IED-making facility for the insurgents’ suicide bombing attacks.
Accordingly, one Mi-17 Helicopter, 2 x Alpha Jet and 2 x F-7Ni aircraft were detailed to carry out air interdiction on the target over a 2-day period. Overhead the location, the aircraft took turns to deliver a combination of bombs, rockets and cannons on the target.
The subsequent Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) revealed that the strikes had destroyed the IED-making facility and other BHT structures, killing an unspecified number of insurgents in the process.
The air strikes also caused a huge flame within the settlement, owing to the cache of IEDs stored by the BHTs, while a few fleeing insurgents were further strafed with cannons and rockets.
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Police on Red-Alert Over Attacks on Places of Worship
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, has ordered all Commissioners of Police in charge of State Commands and their Supervising Assistant Inspectors General of Police and other Police Formations nationwide to be on red-alert with effect from 21st November, 2017 to nip in the bud and prevent the spread of the renewed Boko Haram attacks on soft targets, such as Mosques, Churches, Markets, Schools, Motor Parks, Farm Lands, Settlements, Villages, Towns and Cities in the North East States of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, and also quell the recent attacks by armed bandits in Zamfara State and other vulnerable states in the country. The Police Joint Team will also pay particular attention to the security of IDP Camps and liberated areas in the Mentioned States.
While, the ongoing Joint Operations between the Police and other Security agencies in the States of the North East of the Country is being sustained, additional deployment of Police Personnel from Police Mobile Force (PMF), the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Police Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD), Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID) Personnel, Attack and Sniffer Dogs Section have been made to the States of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe to bring new impetus to the fight against insurgency by Nigeria Police Force in the affected States.
The Nigeria Police Force deeply commiserates with the Government and People of Adamawa and Zamfara States over the recent killings in a mosque in Mubi and another attack in Numan LGAs, and in Shinkafi and Maradun Local Government Areas respectively. The Force also wishes to implore the people in the affected States to be vigilant and more security conscious most especially during periods of worship.
A significant number of worshippers should be assigned and rotated to screen and watch over the praying venues to complement Police Personnel deployed to protect them. They are to promptly report suspicious acts or persons to the nearest Police detachment or station to avert untoward incidents.
Furthermore, the Commissioners of Police in the affected States have been redirected by the Inspector General of Police to make additional posting of Joint Police Team to patrol mosques and churches and other vulnerable locations on Twenty Four (24) hours bases to ensure that no such attack occur again.
The Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and other Commanding Officers in the Area Commands, Divisions in the towns and villages are under strict instructions to work with the people in the localities and sustain Police Visibility Patrols in the mentioned States.
Meanwhile, a new Commissioner of Police who was previously Commissioner of Police, Federal Operations has been redeployed to Zamfara State and has since resumed duty. Additional Police Personnel comprising 20-Units of Police Mobile Force, 10-Cells of Counter Terrorism Unit, and Special Police Forces and Two Thousand (2000) conventional Police Personnel in compliance with the Presidential directive have equally been posted to the State.
The new Commissioner of Police has been mandated by the Inspector General of Police to re-gird the security architecture of the State and quell the recent attacks by armed bandits on villagers and other innocent Nigerians at Shinkafi and Maradin Local Government Areas of the State and restore lasting peace, security and normalcy to the state.