Legal Nigeria

ICPC Loses Appeal Over Staff Termination


The Benin Division of the Court of Appeal has dis­missed an appeal filed by the Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Relat­ed Offences Commission (ICPC) where the anti-cor­ruption body challenged the reinstatement of one of its staff, Rhiuyiosa Albert Osa­rumwense.

Recall that Justice Oyebi­ola Oyewumi of the Nation­al Industrial Court, Akure, Ondo State, in February 2020 ordered the ICPC and the Commission’s chairman to immediately reinstate the Edo State-born Osarum­wense, who he said, was wrongfully dismissed by the Commission in October 2015.

In the suit number NICN/BEN/01/2016, Jus­tice Oyewumi ruled that the nature of employment of Osarumwense is one with statutory flavour.

He further ruled that Osarumwense is entitled to be paid all his salaries and other allowances from the month of October 2015 when his employment was determined till the day of his reinstatement.

Delivering his judg­ment in Appeal No: CA/ B/44M/2021, Justice M. A. Danjuma of the Court of Appeal, held that the ICPC was not ready to go on with its appeal and, therefore, dis­missed it.