…As Task Force arrests 71 suspected miscreants in Oshodi***
The National Industrial Court, Abuja, has fixed Nov.12 to deliver judgment in a suit by a former staff of Ecobank Plc, Ayodeji Omoni, challenging his alleged wrongful termination.
Justice Rakiya Haastrup after listening to counsel adopt their final written addresses slated the date to deliver judgment.
Friday Abu, the claimant’s counsel after adopting submissions in his address,
“urge the court to dismiss the defendant’s objections and grant all reliefs sought by the claimant”.
The defence counsel, Afam Osigwe on his part formally adopted his submissions and arguments by the claimant’s opposing statements.
He equally went further to urge the court to dismiss the suit for lack of merit.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Omoni was employed by Ecobank Plc (then Oceanic Bank),in 2002 and rose to the position of a manager in 2013 when his employment was allegedly terminated wrongfully.
Omoni,who is challenging the termination of his employment, is seeking for a declaration that his employment with the defendant is valid and still subsisting.
He is also seeking for an order of court for payment of his salary, benefit and entitlement from 2013 when his employment was allegedly terminated till date.
In the meantime, operatives of the Lagos State Task Force have arrested 71 suspected miscreants around railway-line in Oshodi, as part of efforts to rid the state of all criminal elements, especially those operating at notorious black spots.
The Chairman of the agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, made this known in Lagos on Wednesday.
Egbeyemi said that the crackdown was in line with the determination of the task force to curtail the activities of hoodlums who robbed unsuspecting members of the public.
He noted that some of those arrested were in possession of suspected illegal substances such as Indian hemp, codeine, skunk, tramadol and other dangerous drugs.
“All identified black spots across the state will be continuously raided and arrested suspects will be fully prosecuted.
“The present administration has zero-tolerance for all forms of crimes and criminality, ‘’ Egbeyemi said in a statement signed by the agency’s Head of Public Affairs Unit, Mr Adebayo Taofiq.
According to him, Lagos State is the most populous in Nigeria as well as its economic heartbeat.
“As such, the state government is committed to providing a conducive environment for both local and foreign investors,’’ he said.
He, however, noted that 13 of the arrested 71 suspects were released after undergoing a thorough screening process.
Egbeyemi said that the only under-aged male among them, 11- year-old, had been transferred to the Lagos State Correctional Centre for proper rehabilitation.
He noted that one of the suspects confessed to be part of criminals who attacked and robbed innocent members of the public of their valuables on Oshodi Bridge both early in the morning and at night.
Egbeyemi said that the raid would be a continuous exercise in accordance with the policy of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, aimed at eradicating activities of miscreants and cultists.