Nigerian employee petitions ECOWAS Courts’ President over unlawful dismissal

A Nigerian, Mr. Stephen Temitope Obasaju, has petitioned the President of Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, Nigeria, Hon. Justice Edward Amoako Asante, over his unlawful dismissal from the court.

Obasaju, who was employed by the court on August 27, 2018 as the Executive Assistant, was sacked on July 15, 2019 following a request by a Nigerian Judge at the court, Justice Dupe Atoki.

In a letter of termination of appointment dated July 15, 2019 and signed by the president of the court, Hon. Justice Asante, the court said his dismissal was upon a request by Justice Atoki, who he was an executive assistant to, over reasons relating to irreconcilable differences.

But in a letter dated July 17, 2019 and addressed to the president of the ECOWAS Commission, Obasaju, described his dismissal as unlawful because it did not follow the ECOWAS staff regulations on staff disciplinary procedures.

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