The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has reserved judgment in the matter on unlawful dismissal brought against the Attorney General of the Federation, the Nigerian Police Force and the Police Service Commission (PSC) by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). After a series of proceedings, the court has slated judgment for February 21, 2022.

It is recalled that one Omotola Olajide was on 26th January, 2021 dismissed from the Nigerian Police Force for being pregnant while unmarried.

The Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Security Agencies Intervention Committee, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama SAN had volunteered to represent NBA in the strategic litigation to press for respect for the fundamental rights of the dismissed officer.

Gadzama, who is also the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Public Interest Litigation Committee, volunteered to take up the matter “to champion the cause of not only Omotola Olajide but all unmarried women in service against the discriminatory practices which infringed on their rights.”

Meanwhile, the law firm of J-K Gadzama LLP has held its End of the Year Party and 7th Christmas Carol to draw the curtains on the year. The event was an opportunity for the staff, family, friends and well-wishers of the firm to express their gratitude to God for a successful year.

Held on Monday, December 20, 2021, the firm’s Founding Partner, Gadzama welcomed guests to the occasion and wished them an amazing time. Also speaking, Mr. Mela Audu Nunghe, SAN noted that “this tradition is very dear to Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN as the Learned Silk is always on the look-out for an opportunity to appreciate God and his employees.”

Miss Sarah Atumga and Mr. Lamar Joe-Gadzama, both Associates at the firm, made a recap of the joyous moments and successes the firm recorded during the year, noting that Gadzama “is fixated on capacity building and in line with this, he sponsored all counsel in chambers to the recently concluded Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association which held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.”

As a performance-driven firm targeted towards rewarding talent and distinction, the event also witnessed presentation of awards to members of staff who had excelled in different areas throughout the year. The awards cut across various categories including Longest Serving Support Staff, Best Tennis Player (Male and Female Categories), Longest Serving Counsel in Chambers.

The chairman of the occasion, Justice Emmanuel Agim of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, in his brief remarks urged the Bar and Bench to step up to their duty of ensuring the independence of the Judiciary. Fade Sax serenaded the guests with melodious rendition of Christmas hymns. The event came to an end with a vote of thanks by Mr. Madu Joe-Gadzama, a Senior Partner in the firm.

Other guests were Prof. Oluyole Akintayo, National President of Christian Lawyers’ Fellowship of Nigeria (CLASFON); Rev. Caleb S. Dakwak, Resident Pastor of the Church of the Brethren (EYN Church) Utako, Abuja; Justice Anwuli Chikere who was represented by Mrs. Amaruche Onyedum Anya; Prof. Paul Idornigie, SAN; Mr. and Mrs. Karagama; Mr. Keffas Gadzama, members of the Unity Bar and other friends of the firm.

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