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Court sets date to deliver judgment in case of whistleblower sacked by Yabatech



Court orders Yabatech to reinstate sacked whistle blower with full benefits

The National Industrial Court (NIC) on Wednesday set a date on which it will deliver judgment on a case involving the Yaba College of Texhnology (Yabatech) and a staff of the institution, Mr Olu Ibirogba who was purportedly sacked for exposing alleged corrupt practices in the school.

Justice O.A Obaseki-Osaghae fixed June 1, 2018 to deliver judgment on the matter after hearing the arguments of both parties.

Recall that Mr Ibirogba, an accountant in Yabatech had dragged the school to the NIC when he was suspended from duties, after he alleged that a former rector of the school, Dr. (Mrs) Margaret Kudirat Ladipo was involved in financial misappropriations and kickbacks.

He was sacked along with seven other staff members who were said to have also spoken out against the level of corruption in the school.

The others are also challenging their dismissal from duties in separate suits.

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Ironically, the court in July 2015 had declared Ibirogba’s suspension illegal. But immediately he stepped out of the courtroom, he was handed a dismissal letter, which he is currently challenging.

Ripples Nigeria had done an investigative story on the plethora of graft in Yabatech, which unearthed a number of corrupt dealings in which Mrs Ladipo’s name were severally linked, along with a former PRO of the College, Mr Adekunle Adams.

Based on several petitions and complaints against the management of YabaTech under Mrs Ladipo, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, in December 2015 instructed the Director, Tertiary Education Department, Mrs. Hindatu Umar Abdullahi to set up an Ad-Hoc Committee to investigate the allegations.
Ripples Nigeria got hold of the report from the six-man committee’s investigations containing the findings, observations and recommendations which for whatever reason were left to gather dust without follow-up action.

It was learnt that the new governing board of the institution had promised to sanitize the system, and adopt the recommendations of the investigative committee, but that is yet to be done, more than two years after the committee submitted its report and findings.


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