The National Industrial Court, Abuja, on Thursday ordered the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)
to pay the salary arrears and claims of its 180 sacked employees amounting to about N1.2 Billion.
Delivering judgment, the trial judge, Justice Oluseun Adefolake, also
ordered NSCDC to return the employment letters of the dismissed corps
and accordingly reinstate them forthwith.
The Court further restrained the NSCDC from further tampering with the
“Having reviewed the evidence before the court and the submissions of
counsel, it is obvious that the Commandant-General of the NSCDC was
not diligent enough in their recruitment.
“Therefore, the claimants are entitled to all the reliefs sought. The
defendants are, hereby ordered to reinstate them and pay all their
salary arrears and other claims, Adefolake held.
It would be recalled that the claimants were in 2007 dismissed by the
NCDSC on the ground that they were not NSCDC’s bonafide employees.
NCDSC had argued in the suit that there was no valid employment
contract with the claimants and that they were never shortlisted nor
were they issued with appointment letters.
It further contended that the claimants have never been employed by
NSCDC and that all their 180 employment letters were fake.
However, the plaintiffs claimed that their pensions have always been
credited to their accounts even though their salaries were not paid.
They, therefore, argued that they were entitled to salaries and urged
the court to grant an order compelling NSCDC to pay them all their