N24 Billion Suit: Court rules on jurisdiction March 8 after joining Chevron as party

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria sitting in Awka, Anambra State on Monday January 22 fixed March 8, 2018 for ruling on


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N24 Billion Suit: Court rules on jurisdiction March 8 after joining Chevron as party
Some of the 235 sacked workers

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria sitting in Awka, Anambra State on Monday January 22 fixed March 8, 2018 for ruling on whether or not it has jurisdiction in suit No: NCIN/AWKA/39/2015, 10 months after it held that Chevron is party in the case instituted by 235 workers unceremoniously laid off without sack letters, redundancy letters, non-indebtedness letters and non-payment of three years’ salary arrears.

The disengaged workers were purportedly employed by Chevron  and handed over to the company’s contracting firms, JOCECO Nigeria Limited, Pat Onosen Nigeria Enterprises, Sanco Calaya JV Nigeria Limited and Hensteel Engr. & Construction Services Limited.

They are praying the court to compel Chevron and its four contracting firms to pay them damage of N100 million each, totaling N23.5 billion.

The Presiding Judge, J.I. Targema after listening to the claimants Counsel, Chief (Barr.) V.E. Otomiewo and other Counsels Monday January 22, declared “it is the Court that raised the issue of jurisdiction, it is the court that will determine the case”.

Chief Otomiewo had pleaded with Justice Targema to “read the pleadings holistically and state that the contract is of service and not for service”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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Josephine Ojevwe Ughweri
Confidential Secretary/Librarian cum OIl and Gas Correspondent of Fresh Angle International Newspaper. I am a graduate of Library and Information Science, while I have undergone training in Advance Writing and Reportorial Skills.
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