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Court Orders Reinstatement of University Don In Kaduna 

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By Abdulwaheed Olayinka Adubi, Kaduna

A Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna state, has ordered the reinstatement of Obadia Joshua, who before the termination of his appointment was the Deputy Registrar; academic affairs at the Kaduna State University.

In the judgement delivered by Justice Mojeed Owoade on Friday, 29th April, 2022, the learned trial Judge properly evaluated the evidence oral and documentary and concluded that none of the exhibits invited Obadia Joshua to make representations or defend himself on any misconduct.

The reinstatement order of the Appeal Court came after the Kaduna State University, its Vice Chancellor and Governing Council of the University appealed the National Industrial Court judgement which was in favour of Obadiah Joshua in May, 2020.

Precisely, on the 20th of May, 2020, the National Industrial Court gave an order that within 30 days of its judgement, Joshual should be reinstated and be paid all his gross salary.

According to the document obtained by our reporter, the Appeal Court who affirmed the judgement of the Industrial Court has compelled the University to pay the sum of Four Hundred and Eighteen Thousand, Eight Hundred and Forty Naira, Seventy-Six Kobo only as his gross salary by virtue of his rank

Meanwhile, the counsel to the respondent in the Appeal Court suit, Yakubu Ibrahim Umaru, Esq, in a letter to the Chairman, Governing Council, Kaduna State University, dated 21 June, 2022, has demanded that his client should be issued a letter of reinstatement.

In the letter, Umaru, Esq, noted that the Court of Appeal is the final Court in respect of industrial matters, adding that there is no further right of appeal to any other Court in Nigeria.

“In view of the above, we hereby demand that you comply fully with the order of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria delivered on the 20th May, 2020, which was affirmed by the Court of Appeal, Kaduna Judicial Division in the judgement delivered on the 29th April, 2022.

“In the event of your refusal to comply with the above demands, we shall be left with no other choice than to commence contempt proceedings against the University and all concerned parties,” the letter reads.

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