The National Industrial Court of Nigeria in the Awka Judicial Division Holden at Awka, Anambra State on Friday February 17 ruled that Chevron Nigeria Limited is a party/defendant in the N23.5 billion suit filed by 235 workers unceremoniously laid off without sack letters, no redundancy letters and non indebtedness letters.
The disengaged workers were engaged by four of Chevron’s contracting firms: JOCECO Nigeria Limited, Pat Onosen Nigeria Enterprises Limited, Sanco Calaya J.V. Nigeria Limited and Hensteel Engr. & Construction Services Limited.
The Presiding Judge, W.Abali after listening to Chevron’s Attorney, A. Akpomudje Albert SAN dismissed the plea and ruled that Chevron is a party in the case, making reference to the suit No: NICN/Awka/39/2015 and citing relevant paragraphs in the claimants/plaintifs’originating motion.
Justice W. Abali after listening to briefs from counsel to Chevron, JOCECO and the plaintiffs, fixed March 27, 2017 for hearing to commence in the main case.
Our Correspondent reports that the plaintiffs’ Attorney, Chief V.E. Otomiewo was represented by Jarikre Dave.
The disengaged 235 workers 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 court had fixed ruling for October 25, 2016 on whether or not Chevron is a party in the suit filed by 9 of the workers, including: Mr. Patrick Gbetah, Mr. Edward Usino, Mr. Frank Panama and Benedict Atiyota, but the case was adjourned to Friday February 17.