Justice K.I Amadi of the National Industrial Court Lagos on Feb 2, 2017 granted MTN Nig. appeal on a Trade Restriction/Unlawful Termination case (NICN/LA/596/2013) which was judged on October 26, 2016 in favor of 63 ex-Staff by Justice Peter Lifu.
It was earlier mentioned by the Hon. Judge K.I Amadi that the judgment of NIC is unappealable except on grounds of fair hearing and surprisingly the Claimants were shocked when the Judge granted MTN’s application for stay of execution pending the hearing of appeal.
Meanwhile, there was pandemonium and protest by the 63 ex-staff during court proceedings as Justice Amadi made a death mockery statement when the Claimant’s Lawyer Barr. A. Adedoyin-Adeniyi of AAA Chambers who also appeared with learned colleague Miss. O. Olabinjo in his submission informed the Court that the judgment cannot be appealed but raised concerns at the pronouncement…..
In his words the Claimant’ Counsel Barr. A. Adedoyin-Adeniyi stated;
“…we all know MTN Nigeria is an International Corporation and we have 63 Nigerian Youths who won this case. We have one of them very sick with stroke and bed-ridden. His name is Nicholas Odigie. God forbid any of them die before the end of appeal……..”
But Justice K.I Amadi replied saying with a cheeky smile;
“…if any of them end up dead…..his/her estate will inherit the settlement if the MTN appeal fails”.
At this stage the 63 ex-staffs present were furious and complained that the tone of the Judge Amadi all through the case after clarifying to MTN’s counsel Mr. Adegbonmire (SAN) of Aluko & Oyebode was that of a compromise and favoritism despite NIC being a competent court to have the Oct 26, 2016 judgment binding on MTN.
As at the time of filing this report; the NIC security barred AfricTelecomsNews staff from seeing the Judge for necessary reaction or comment while Claimant Creditors Counsel Barr. A. Adedoyin-Adeniyi declined to comment as he drove off in annoyance. MTN’s lawyers Mr. Adegbonmire who appeared with learned colleague Miss. O. Iyayi also left in a black Prado Jeep hurriedly.
“All we wanted since 2009 was justice and we got it at the NIC on Oct 26, 2016 after 6yrs of waiting. Today, I believe we were robbed by Justice K.I Amadi, humiliated and also mocked by him. MTN Nig had frustrated this case severally, now they want to rob us of the NIC judgment. Their lawyers claimed in court to have spent N1m on paper works for the appeal. Nigerians, Africans and the world should know MTN Nig makes over N1b daily from Nigerians. Meanwhile, our 4yrs gross salary as ordered to be paid to 63 of us is not up to N900m after untold hardship of over 6yrs with one of us Nicholas Odigie is currently down with stroke”… claimed one of the ex-staff.
The ex-staff outside the court informed of a protest any moment soon with friends, supporters and families called on Nigerians and necessary authorities to look into MTN’s appeal granted by the Judge, Justice K.I Amadi as they smell a foul play.