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Two ex-British school workers sue employer over wrongful dismissal

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The ex-staff approached the National Industrial Court, Abuja yesterday, demanding N20 million each as general, aggravated and/or exemplary damages.

Two former employees of British Nigerian School, Onyereri Favour and Rita Ortaver Ienber, have sued the school over wrongful termination of their appointments.

The ex-staff approached the National Industrial Court, Abuja yesterday, demanding N20 million each as general, aggravated and/or exemplary damages.

Their counsel, Michael Ajara of Paul Erokoro & CO, filed the suits on their behalf.

Onyereri says the claim is for the inconveniences, frustration and embarrassment, caused by the unlawful and wrongful termination of her employment.

Among other claims, she is seeking a declaration that the claim of her indebtedness to the defendant to the tune of N2million “is false, null and void.

The amount was said to be for general damages for loss of income as a result of her purported unauthorised and continuous occupation of the defendant’s property.

Onyereri is also seeking a declaration that she was not given fair hearing and adequate opportunity to defend herself against the allegations relied upon by the school to terminate her employment.

Other relief sought by her is an order compelling the defendant to pay all her outstanding salaries at N39, 968.40 per month from February 2017 till the court finally determines this matter.

She is also seeking an order compelling the defendant to pay her the sum of N380, 198.98, being her total pension contribution deducted from her monthly salaries, but not remitted into her Retirement Savings Account (RSA), among other pleadings.

“An order compelling the defendant to pay the claimant the sum of N180, 000.00, being her leave allowances, never paid her while in the defendant’s employment.

The claimant is equally seeking the court to compel the defendant to refund to N35, 000.00, being her total refundable monthly caution deposit of N1, 000.00 deducted from her salaries, from April 2014 to February 2017.

Lenber wants an order compelling the school to pay her all outstanding salaries at N32, 606.00 pending the determination of the suit.

Among others, she is seeking an order compelling the school to pay her the sum of N98, 983.3, being her outstanding pension contribution deducted from her monthly salaries, but not remitted into her Retirement Savings Account (RSA), among others.


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