Teacher seeks court’s protection from eviction

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Abuja  – A private school teacher, Mr Chimezie Amechi, on Tuesday urged the National Industrial Court, Abuja to protect him from move by Regina Pacis College, Abuja, to evict him from its quarters.
Amechi, who claimed that his appointment was wrongfully terminated by the school in 2011, asked the court to halt the move by the school authority to evict him from his residence.
Specifically, the teacher asked the industrial court to prevail on a Magistrate Court in Abuja not to grant the eviction order as requested by the school.
At the hearing of the case, counsel to the teacher, Mr Emeka Okoro, said the school had approached the magistrate court to secure an eviction order against his client.
Okoro said that his client had worked with the school for 13 years as music teacher when his appointment was wrongfully terminated by the authority in 2011.
He said his client was issued with appointment letter at point of entry but was orally notified to quit the job without any reason.
Following the oral termination of the appointment, Okoro said his client had in 2011 filed a suit before a Federal High Court, Abuja to challenge the action of the school’s authority.
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He said the federal high court in 2013 held that it does not have jurisdiction over the case and transferred it to the National Industrial Court for determination.
Okoro urged the industrial court to hold that while the case of wrongful dismissal was still pending before it, the school had no right to evict his client from the quarters.
Counsel to the school, Mr Sampson Igede, argued that his clients had indulged the claimant enough, having allowed him to reside in the college quarters since his dismissal in 2011.
Justice Peter Lifu, however, advised the parties to explore the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), in resolving the case.
He said the best option was to resolve it using the ADR, having lingered for four years and parties having “forum shopped’’ in different courts,.
The judge adjourned the case till Dec. 17 for further hearing. (NAN)

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