The National Industrial Court, Abuja, has affirmed the dismissal of three policemen who were sacked for receiving $5,000 bribe.
Joseph Okan and Joshua Madami, both Inspectors; and Cyprian Nwankwo, a Sergeant, were dismissed on grounds of “misconduct and receiving bribe.
They were in court to challenge their dismissal by the Inspector-General of Police.
Justice Rakiya Haastrup noted that the claimants challenged their dismissal as unlawful, claiming that the rules of the Police Act were not followed before their dismissal.
Haastrup ruled that the claimants’ failure to tender their employment letters was detrimental to their case.
“From the totality of evidence adduced by the claimants, they failed to prove their employment with the defendant, the terms and also conditions regulating their employment.
“Also, how the defendants have breached the said terms and conditions of employment, which is now left to speculation and which is unacceptable in law,” the judge noted.
Haastrup further held that the law requires that a party who alleges unlawful termination of employment must establish his case.
She said it is the responsibility of the claimants to prove their unlawful dismissal before they could be entitled to the reliefs they sought.
She also held that there was no evidence before the court brought by the claimants to support their claim of unlawful dismissal while noting that the reliefs sought by the claimants in the suit failed in its entirety. She accordingly, dismissed the suit.
The claimant’s counsel, Ginika Chinemere, had urged the court to declare her clients’ dismissal as unlawful and for it to reinstate them, while also asking their employers to pay their salaries and allowances from the time of their dismissal.