Industrial Court dismisses Defamation Claim against Mobil Nigeria, orders firm to pay Godwin N375,000 entitlement Claim

Spread the love

The Presiding Judge of the Uyo Judicial division of the National Industrial Court, Hon. Justice Mahmood Namtari has declared the termination of Mr. Godwin Akpan’s employment by Gins Global Ltd as wrongful and not in accordance with the employment agreement; ordered the firm to pay Mr. Akpan the sum of N120,000.00 (One Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira) for severance benefit, and N75,000.00 for contract bonus 2019 as admitted and N180,000.00 (One Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira only) being three (3) months’ salary as general damages for unlawful termination of employment.

 

 

 



ADVERTISEMENT

BESTSELLER: Commercial and Economic Law in Nigeria By Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN [ORDER NOW] To ORDER click the link https://kluwerlawonline.com/EncyclopediaChapter/IEL+Commercial+and+Economic+Law/COMM20210001

Price – N20,000 only To Order – WhatsApp, text or call – 08037009616 Office – No 1 Dyaji Close, Rayfield, Jos



Contacts for purchase: AbujaMohammed08077011782 Lagos- Ibidemi08051395562 EnuguLoveth08037320902  

Justice Namtari dismissed the defamation case against Mobil Producing Nigeria for lack of merit.

From facts, the claimant- Mr. Godwin Akpan had submitted that he was offered employment as a Laundryman by Gins global ltd, who was a labour and service Contractor working for Mobil, asserted that it is wrong and against custom, norm, and international best practice for the firm to unilaterally convert, transfer his services to another department without his express consent, that when he complained to the General Manager about the forced labour, he was threatened with sack.

It is further alleged that it is against this background that his employment was terminated for services no longer required without one week notice or one week salary in lieu of notice as stipulated in the offer of appointment letter and averred that Gins Global and Mobil Producing colluded through the Mobil’s security personnel to maliciously defamed him in presence and hearing of other staffs, urged the Court to grant the reliefs sought.

However, the 1st Defendant- Gins Global Ltd did not enter any formal appearance, file any defence, and did not have any legal representation throughout the hearing of this case in spite of being put on notice at every turn.

In defense, the 2nd Defendant- Mobil Producing Nigeria contended that any person whose services is no longer required cannot access any of its facilities and that it never blacklisted or accused Mr. Godwin of any criminal act and no witness or third (3rd) party testified to prove the publication of the said slanderous words.

It is therefore the submission of Mobil Nigeria that since Mr. Godwin admitted in evidence that the 2nd Defendant was not his employer which was so proved by the Service Outline Agreement, there exists no privity of contract between the Claimant and the 2nd Defendant to warrant any liability on its part, urged the Court to dismiss the suit with exemplary costs for being frivolous, vexatious and fictitious.

In opposition, the Claimant counsel, Nwabueze Onukogu Esq also submitted that it is contrary to international labour standards for employers to terminate the employment of their employees without stating reasons.

Delivering the judgment after careful evaluation of the submission of both parties, the presiding Judge, Justice Mahmood Namtari held that a servant who complains that his employment has been wrongfully brought to an end must found his claim on the contract of service and show in what manner the wrong was done.

Justice Namtari further held that Gins Global Ltd stipulated one week notice or one week salary in lieu of notice is not complied with in termination of Mr. Godwin’s employment and no evidence that no severance benefits were paid to him.

The Court maintained that the declaration that Gins Global Ltd has not paid the two Annual Leave cannot be granted for want of proof.

 



Call Bridget Edokwe Esq on 08060798767 or send your email to ngbarrister@gmail.com


Get ‘Personal Property Law in Nigeria’ By Chief Mike A.A. Ozekhome, SAN (FREE)

Click below to download FREE

https://www.pulp.up.ac.za/monographs/personal-property-law-in-nigeria

Buy the Book on Military Law, authored by a Veteran Military Lawyer, and launched personally by the then COAS.

SHOP NOW

CALL THIS PHONE NUMBER 07087622283 TO GET A COPY



To view About the book Author, Foreword and Table of Content, click Below [https://godigital.ng/about_book.pdf] To Place order and Cost, click here [https://godigital.ng/place_order.aspx Any further question or clarification call 08163162202 or send mail to info@godigital.ng

Price: ₦15,000 or £20 per copy [Hard Back– 20 chaps/715 pages] Contact Information Email: info@idrinstitute.com, info@adrinafrica.org WhatsApp only: 0803-703-5989 Voice Call – Mobile: 0817-630-8030,+234-805-2128-456, +234-909-9651-401 Landline: 09-2913581, +234-9-2913499, +234-9-2919209 Office Address: 50 Julius Nyerere Crescent, [Next To The World Bank], Asokoro, Abuja – Nigeria. Bank Account Details; Bank Name: UBA Plc.; Account Name: International Dispute Resolution Institute; Account Number: 1014072579

To get a copy kindly Call 07044444777, 07044444999 & 08181999888 or visit us at: Investment House, 7th Floor, 21/25 Broad St., Lagos. Buy online @ www.alexandernigeria.com





Available at Frank Agbedo & Co. Crown Chambers. 5th floor, left wing, Nipost Building, Lagos Island, Lagos State. Tel: 08033254471, 09077950432 Email: frankagbedo@gmail.com

The price of the book is fifteen thousand Naira (N 15,000) only.
Call any of the numbers below to place your order 08052508679, 08106743227; or visit, Theemploymentlawhandbook.com. for more information.




Price: 15,000 or £20 per copy [Hard Back– 21 chaps/700 pages]: Contact: info@idrinstitute.com, info@adrinafrica.org WhatsApp only: 0803-703-5989 : Voice Call – Mobile: 0817-630-8030, 0909-965-1401; 0705-767-0347; 0912-173-4691 : Landline: 09-2913581; 09-2913499

Steps To Subscribe To the Court of Appeal Reports Nigeria


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

%d bloggers like this: