The National Industrial Court in Abuja has dismissed an application by the British High Commission to stay execution of its judgment on compensation of two staff wrongly sacked by the office.
Justice Edith Agbakoba ruled that the application for stay of execution and the appeal at the Court of Appeal challenging the judgment were invalid.
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She said the British High Commission did not obtain the leave of the court to file the appeal as provided by the rules of the court.
“Without the application for leave to appeal, I cannot do anything,” she said.
The court had on June 30, 2021, nullified the termination of the employment of Ayo Oyarero and Thomas Ugiah Anakhuekha by the British High Commission and ordered the payment of five-year salary as compensation to the claimants for wrongful dismissal/termination of their employment, and compensation for unfair labour practices.
Oyarero and Anakhuekha, employed as transport coordinator and automobile mechanic in 2007 and 2003 respectively, were sacked after a disciplinary committee set up to investigate allegations of sourcing of vehicle spare parts from unauthorized sources cleared them.