N786bn compensation: Legal representation stalls General’s suit

By Ameh Ejekwonyilo

Proceeding in a suit filed at the National Industrial Court Abuja by Brigadier General Muhammad Adeka against the Nigerian Army (1st defendant), yesterday suffered a setback.
Other defendants include the Nigerian Army Council, the Chief of Army Staff, the Military Secretary (Army) and the Attorney General of the Federation.

In the suit, General Adeka, is asking the court to grant an order for the Nigerian Army to pay him N786 million for what he called “ill-treatment, humiliation, violation of his rights and desecration of his rank as a first class senior officer.

However, the case slated for mention and for the court to receive report of settlement by the parties in dispute was stalled due to the entering of appearance for the Nigerian Army and the other four defendants by two different counsels.

Piqued by the double representation of two counsels for a party, the presiding judge, Justice Babatunde Adejumo, demanded identification from Nwabueze, since Alih said he was an in-house lawyer.

He claimed that for four years and one month, he was detained, tortured, humiliated and prosecuted for alleged treasonable charges.
In addition, Adeka alleged he had been prematurely retired from service by the Army rather than being promoted to his next rank of Major General.
The matter was adjourned to July 16, 2014, for report of settlement hearing.