Nigerian Lecturer Wins at Appeal Court 20 Years After He was Unjustly Sacked

Nigerian Lecturer Wins at Appeal Court 20 Years After He was Unjustly Sacked

  • A Nigerian lecturer, Inih Ebong, has finally gotten justice 20 years after he was wrongfully dismissed
  • Ebong was an associate professor in the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Uyo, when he was sacked in 2002
  • The Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar, the Cross River state capital, delivered the judgement in Ebong's favour

Legit.ng journalist Adekunle Dada has over 5 years of experience covering basic and tertiary education in Nigeria and worldwide.

Calabar, Cross River state - A Nigerian lecturer, Inih Ebong, defeated the University of Uyo (UNIUYO) at the Court of Appeal, Calabar, after being unjustly sacked 20 years ago.

Ebong was an associate professor in the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Uyo, when his appointment was unlawfully terminated in 2002.

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Nigerian lecturer wins at appeal court 20 years after he was unjustly sacked
Nigerian lecturer defeated UNIUYO at appeal court 20 years after he was wrongly dismissed. Photo Credit: Ikpaisong Reporters/federal high court
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According to Premium Times, before his sack, Ebong had a running battle with Akpan Ekpo, the then vice-chancellor and Peter Effiong, registrar.

It was gathered that Ebong was hated for always speaking up against alleged maladministration and corruption in the school.

In what appeared to be a deliberate attempt to render Ebong jobless and discourage potential employers from engaging, UNIUYO published a disclaimer on him in some national dailies shortly after his sack in 2002.

Being out of a job for several years, the lecturer could hardly feed himself and his family, let alone take care of his medical treatment.

The 73-year-old lecturer was diagnosed with cardiac failure in October 2020 and was dying before a Nigerian billionaire, Femi Otedola, stepped in to take care of his medical treatment.

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As reported by the newspaper, a court document showed that the Court of Appeal, Calabar, on 21 July 2023, dismissed an appeal filed by UNIUYO against the National Industrial Court's judgement which ordered the university to reinstate Ebong and pay him N10 million damages.

The court also ordered the university to pay Ebong his accumulated salaries and allowances.

Ebong appreciates Otedola after sponsored medical treatment

Legit.ng earlier reported that in a video shared on Instagram by Dele Momodu, a frail Ebong walking without assistance thanked Otedola for coming to his rescue.

According to the medical report, Ebong was brought to the hospital with congestive cardiac failure.

How Cosmas Maduka was wrongly dismissed with N200

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that at 17, many teenagers are still thinking of finishing secondary school with style and getting admission into a university. But not so with Cosmas Maduka, the chairman of the conglomerate Coscharis Group, who began his quest for money after he was wrongly dismissed by his uncle, whom he served as an automobile apprentice.

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He went into business and co-created CosDave with his friend. However, the business did not survive, and Maduka started Coscharis Motors, a combination of his name and his wife, Charity, whom he married at 21. The business focused on sales of automobile spares in 1977, with just N300.

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Adekunle Dada (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Adekunle Dada is a journalist with over 5 years of working experience in the media. He has worked with PM News, The Sun and Within Nigeria before joining Legit.ng as a Politics/Current Affairs Editor. He holds a B.Sc. in Mass Communication from Lagos State University (LASU). He can be reached via adekunle.dada@corp.legit.ng.

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