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Senior Staff Files N150m Suit Against JAMB for Alleged Unlawful Dismissal

In a dramatic turn of events, Mr. Yisa Usman, a Deputy Director at the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has initiated legal proceedings against the board, demanding N150 million in damages for what he claims was an unlawful dismissal.

The suit, marked NICN/ABJ/266/2023, was filed by Usman’s lawyer, Oseini Bamigbaye, from the Chambers of Mohammed Shuaibu, at the National Industrial Court, Abuja, on September 29, 2023. In a total of nine reliefs sought, Usman challenges the constitution and composition of the Board’s Directorate Staff Disciplinary Committee, claiming irregularities and violation of the Board’s Staff Manual and Conditions of Service.

The crux of Usman’s argument lies in the assertion that the committee tasked with reviewing his case was unconstitutionally formed, comprising members with vested interests in the allegations he raised against them. He alleges that his right to fair hearing was compromised, questioning the legitimacy of his dismissal without proper consideration of the committee’s report.

Among the reliefs sought, Usman calls for the court to declare his dismissal as “unlawful, illegal, null, and void” and demands an order reinstating him to his position with full entitlements, benefits, and perks. Additionally, he seeks promotion to the position of Director of Finance and Account, claiming that the current officeholder has been serving illegally since May 9, 2022.

The senior staff member also seeks exemplary damages amounting to N150 million for the emotional, reputational, psychological pain, and trauma caused by what he alleges to be the malicious and arbitrary actions of JAMB.


Usman’s statement of material facts highlights his long-standing service at JAMB since September 11, 1997, his rise to the position of Deputy Director, and his consistent efforts to expose infractions and corrupt practices within the organization. He contends that his commitment to transparency and accountability led to conflicts with the management, particularly JAMB’s Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede.

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Over the course of five years, Usman claims to have been subjected to continuous transfers, allegedly as an attempt to sideline him from essential activities and prevent him from raising concerns about various infractions within the board.

Despite ongoing legal battles, with Usman currently facing charges at the Federal High Court, the National Industrial Court has set March 11, 2024, as the next date for further mention. Notably, JAMB was not represented during the recent court appearance, prompting the judge to direct that a hearing notice be issued and served on the defendant ahead of the next adjourned date.

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