The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) sitting in Kano has ordered the Bayero University Kano (BUK) to reinstate Dr. Aminu Abdul Bichi who was dismissed in September 2012 over an alleged misconduct.

The university authorities had accused Dr. Bichi of playing the role of a middleman between the institution and the City College of Education, Mararaba Guruku, Nasarawa State, under the pretext of securing affiliation for the college.

In the process, he was alleged to have collected N16 million from the college purportedly to be forwarded to the university and some of its officers.

Dr. Bichi who was of the Faculty of Education was accused of not forwarding the money to the institution and the officers as promised. It was also alleged that he used the names of the university, its vice chancellor and other principal officers for his personal gains, thereby causing great damage to their reputation.

Against this backdrop, the university autho-rities constituted a committee to look into the issue and consequently dismissed Bichi from the institution.

Bichi took the institution to the industrial court. Delivering judgement, justice Lawal Mani ruled that the dismissal was wrong and in contravention of the provisions of Section 15 of the BUK Act and BUK Senior Staff Service Conditions and Regulations.

“The said dismissal is hereby set aside and I hereby order that the claimant be reinstated without loss of salaries and allowances together with his seniority in service with effect from September 28, 2012 when he was dismissed,” the judge said.

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