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Date of Incident: March 14, 2012

Attack Types: Loss of Position | Other

Institution(s):University of Ilorin

Region & Country:Western Africa | Nigeria

New or Ongoing:New Incident

The University of Ilorin dismissed forty‐nine of its lecturers in 2002 for participating in “a nationwide industrial action.” The academics challenged their dismissal and in 2009 the Supreme Court entered a judgment in their favor. The Supreme Court nullified the dismissal of the lecturers on the basis that it was illegal because it did not follow due process and ordered the University to unconditionally reinstate the academics. The Court also ordered their salaries and allowances, which had been frozen from February 2001 to December 2009, be paid without delay.

The University asked the 49 lecturers to report back to work but allegedly refused to pay in full those lecturers who had secured other forms of employment after their dismissal. The University asserted that this was done in accordance with civil service regulations which provide that civil servants should not collect two salaries at the same time.