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WHETHER AN EMPLOYER’S ACT OF DEPRIVING EMPLOYEE ACCESS TO TREATMENT

Mr. Ejike Ogbuefi V. Registrar, Optometric and Dispensing Opticians

Registration Board of Nigeria & Anor (NICN/ABJ/120/2019)


WHETHER AN EMPLOYER’S ACT OF DEPRIVING EMPLOYEE ACCESS TOTREATMENT, SUBJECTION TO ENDLESS INTERDICT


Mr. Ejike Ogbuefi is an accountant with Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians

Registration Board of Nigeria, in Lagos. When the headquarters of the Board was

moved from Lagos to Abuja, he was transferred to Abuja. However, because of his

condition of health, he applied to remain in the Lagos office and work from there

for six months to enable him complete his treatment. His application was not

granted, but in order to continue to receive treatment, he remained in Lagos.

In response, the Board suspended him for 7 months and while on suspension his

salaries were not paid to him. The Board also interdicted him, placing him on half

salary for three months. At the end of the first three months, the Board still

placed him on half salary for another three months and for further three months,

making a period of 9 months. Worse still, he was transferred from the Audit

department to the Registration department of the Board.


To add salt to injury, the Board gave him 5 days to undergo a mental examination.

They threatened him that if he failed to comply, they would take serious action

against him. It was in the midst of all these that we filed a Complaint on behalf of

this employee at the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Abuja, praying the court

to restrain his employers from further violating his fundamental human rights and

directing same employers to pay his 7 months’ salaries and other entitlements.

The case, after several adjournments, has just gone into hearing.

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