Court bars UNICAL from engaging new bursar over dispute

By Solomon Akaniyene, Uyo

The National Industrial Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital has restrained University of Calabar from employing a new bursar pending the determination of a motion on notice brought before the court by the former bursar, Mr Peter Agi.

Agi was suspended in August and eventually sacked by the management of the university in November last year over allegations of fraud and others.

He subsequently dragged the school, the Vice Chancellor and the Registrar to court seeking redress insisting that due process was not followed.

Agi lost the matter in the Court in Calabar on Tuesday last week but proceeded to the Industrial Court in Uyo on 23 January, 2017, through his counsels Chidimma Nancy Nwajiobi and Michael Nkwan with an exparte application for an interlocutory injunction.

Amongst others, the injunction seeks to restraine the respondent (University of Calabar and two others) from interviewing or employing any person or persons in place of the claimant/applicant as Bursar of the University of Calabar pending the determination of motion or notice filed and served on the respondent.

An injunction signed by the Registrar, Mr. Peter Ortese and dated January 24, ordered “an interim injunction restraining the respondents from interviewing or employing any persons or persons in place of the claimant as Bursar of the University of Calabar is hereby
granted pending the determination of the motion on the notice for interlocutory injunction”.

Accordingly, the court adjourned the motion on notice to be heard on 31 January, 2017.

The National Industrial Court in Calabar had dismissed the suit filed by Agi, challenging his suspension and eventual sack, saying he did not exhaust internal processes.

Ruling on the matter in Calabar on Tuesday last week, Justice Nneka Esowe said Agi’s suit was premature, having failed to comply with the internal dispute mechanisms as stipulated by University of Calabar Law no. 80 of 1979.

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