The Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday said it had appealed against a judgment of the National Industrial Court which ordered it to pay an N84 million compensation to its ex-member of staff, Mr Obinna Nnnamma.
The Street Journal reports that the court’s officials on Tuesday stormed the ministry in order to execute the judgment of the court by shutting it down for non-compliance with the judgment.
Speaking to newsmen on the development on Wednesday, Amb. Bulus Lolo, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, said the ministry filed an appeal against the judgment in the early hours of Wednesday.
Lolo said: “The incident of Tuesday arose from a ruling of the national industrial court in Feb. 2014 on a suit instituted by a former member of staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on disciplinary action that was taken against him.
“He was serving in Sweden, got involved in a very fraudulent activity for which steps were taken to discipline him and, arising from that action, he felt dissatisfied and instituted a court action against the ministry.
“The National Industrial Court ruled in favour of the officer and in the ruling an award of cash was made in compensation for so-called income that he should have earned if he were to serve outside the country.’’
Lolo further acknowledged that no action was taken on the ruling of the court, either to pay the compensation as ordered by the court or to appeal the judgment.
Consequently, he said, the claimant went back to the court gave an order of execution of the judgment by attaching any movable property of the ministry.
It would be recalled that the Federal Civil Service Commission and the Federal Ministry of Finance were joined as co-defendants in the suit.