By Glory Abuh-Adejoh
Abuja – The National Industrial Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, granted the application of Ecobank Plc to recall a witness Ayodeji Omoni in a suit of alleged wrongful termination.
Justice Rakiya Haastrup in her ruling on the application granted the defence an order to recall the witness for cross examination.
The judge however, awarded the sum of N100,000 as cost to the claimant.
She adjourned the matter until May 7 for cross examination of the witness
The bank’s counsel Mr Afam Osigwe had earlier sought in his application, an order of the court from fore-closing them from cross-examining the witness.
Osigwe had also sought for an order of the court to recall the claimant as a witness.
He said the application was to enable him represent the defendant properly.
Objecting to the application, Mr Friday Abu, counsel to the claimant submitted that his client, who is the chief witness in the suit is resident in Canada.
He therefore urged the court to order the defendant to pay for the flight ticket of the claimant to and fro Canada if the court will grant the defendant’s counsel application..
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.