Supreme Court orders Customs to reinstate officer sacked in 2009

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen has ordered the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) to reinstate Comptroller Abdullahi Bello Gusau into the Service.

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Nigeria dismissed the appeal filed by the NCS challenging the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which had in 2014 ordered the reinstatement of Gusau. 

The apex court held that the appeal lacks merit and should be dismissed.

Other Justices that sat on the panel alongside the CJN were Musa Dattijo Muhammad, Kudirat Motonmori Olatokunbo Kekere-Ekun, Ejembi Eko, who delivered the lead judgment and Sidi Dauda Bage.

Gusau was sacked on December 21, 2009.

The NCS had based its action on a 2009 policy saying that it prematurely retired Gusau and others, who had served between 10 and 21 years on the same rank. 

Gusau rose to the rank of comptroller from January 1, 2000.