COURT AWARDS N127 MILLION AGAINST EMERALD ENERGY
The National Industrial Court has awarded N127 million against Emerald Energy Resources Limited for breach of contract of employment with its former Consultant, Mr. Emeka Igweze.
In a judgment obtained by CITY LAWYER, the court granted all three reliefs sought by the former employee as argued by his lawyer, Chief Emeka Okwuosa of Messrs The Chancery Associates.
The court held that the defendant-company had not presented any evidence to disprove the facts placed before the court by the plaintiff, adding that “in the absence of any proof that said emails are not original, absence of contrary proof that the calculations in the said documents were incorrect and an admittance of same by Defendants (sic) witness, I have no recourse but to hold that the Defendant is indebted to the Claimant in the sum of N127,066,872.90 (One hundred and twenty seven million, sixty-six thousand, eight hundred and seventy-two Naira, ninety kobo) being his accrued salary arrears and benefits due to him at retirement.”
Justice Gwandu held that “Based on the foregoing, I hereby hold that the Claimant’s reliefs 1-3 succeed and are hereby granted accordingly (without the 21 %).”
The claimant had brought the claim seeking “A declaration that the claimant is entitled to his full terminal benefits in the sum of N127,066,872.90 (One hundred and twenty seven million, sixty-six thousand, eight hundred and seventy-two Naira, ninety kobo) upon his voluntary disengagement/resignation from the defendant company effective from 8th July, 2018, having worked for the defendant company from 3rd January, 2005 to 8th July, 2018 (an interrupted period spanning nearly 15 years pursuant to the defendant’s belated notice of computation of the claimant’s terminal benefits dated 15th November 2018 ….”
The claimant also sought “An order directing and compelling the defendant to pay the claimant the total cumulative sum of N127,066,872.90 (One hundred and twenty seven million, sixty-six thousand, eight hundred and seventy-two Naira, ninety kobo) representing his full terminal benefits upon his voluntary disengagement/resignation from the defendant company from 8th July, 2018 with interest at the rate of 21% per annum until the entire judgement is liquidated.”
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