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UNLAWFUL RETIRED NAVY COMMANDER SEEKS N1B AGAINST GOVT.

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An Igbo man, Navy Commodore Linus Ugwu has filled a one billion Naira suit against the Attorney General of the Federation, Minister of Defence, Nigeria Navy and some others.

The Navy Commodore was allegedly retired unlawfully. The suit is before the National Industrial Court which is sitting in Lagos State.

However, other defendants in the suit include the Nigerian Navy Board, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas and the Chief of Defence Staff.

Navy Commodore Ugwu through his counsel, Mr. Stanley Ochoga, said he was retired from the services of the third defendant by the fifth defendant with effect from February 25, 2019.

Nevertheless, in a 78 paragraph affidavit, the claimant stated that he was constantly and maliciously witch-hunted by the fifth defendant since 2007 till date.

He further said that the witch- hunting has been as a result of his legal review which contradicted the report of Board of inquiry by the 6th defendant. This was following the investigations into the alleged wrongful dismissal of one  Seaman Amadi on official number X10155 from services of 3rd defendant.

The unlawful retired navy Commodore said that he was appointed Director Legal Services, Naval Headquarters between 2010 and 2011. He pointed out that he served under the 6th defendant who was the Chief of Administration Naval headquarters.

Ugwu said that during the period in question, the 6th defendant for no justifiable reason refused to update his personal evaluation.

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Review of the personal evaluation was the duty the 6th defendant as the reviewing officer. This stopped him of the report necessary for his career progression.

Ugwu further stated that the 3rd defendant acting under the prompting of the 6th defendant arraigned him before a Special Court-Martial in 2012.

The arraignment was for alleged disobedience and negligent performance of duty. But he was discharged and acquitted.

Navy Commodore Linus Ugwu also said that since he filed his pleas on May 30, 2019, the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th defendants have been to threatening him. They made these threats by phone calls and from senior officers.

The defendants according to Ugwu threatened that they would not comply with any judicial order regarding the case.

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