Court awards N161m damages against Airtel over unlawful termination

The National Industrial Court (NICN) presided over by Justice Dele Peters, has slammed a damage sum to the tune of N161 million against Airtel Network Nigeria Limited, as a result of the unlawful termination of one of its employees, Mr Abdul-Hakeem Olasewere.

The Ibadan Division of the NICN made the order
while delivering judgment in the suit filed by Olasewere of the V. P. Operations and Support, against the telecommunication firm.

The judgment which was delivered on April 29, awarded the sum of N100 million as exemplary damages, N60 million as general damages for the wrongful termination and N1 million as the cost of instituting the suit.

In arriving at the decision, Justice Peter held that: “It is against the international best practice as well as international labour standard to lay off a performing staff without justifiable reasons and at the global level, termination of employment at will and without reason is no longer fashionable or acceptable.”

But the judge ordered Mr Abdul-Hakeem Olasewere to pay to Airtel Networks the sum of N4.9m outstanding balance due to the Vehicle Purchase Loan he subscribed to while in the service of the firm.

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