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Ex-DIG seeks N550m compensation over forced retirement

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A compulsorily retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, Moses Jitoboh, has prayed the National Industrial Court in Abuja to declare his retirement by the Police Service Commission (PSC) before his mandatory 60 years retirement age or 35 years in service, as wrongful, unconstitutional and unlawful.

In his statement of claims filed before the court, Jitoboh described his compulsory retirement as a flagrant violation of Rule 020810 of the Public Service Rules and Section 18 (8) of the Nigeria Police Act, 2020.

In a statement on 28 August 2023, PSC had announced the retirement of Jitoboh and three others on the grounds of upholding the police tradition of retiring officers when a junior police officer is promoted over senior officers to avoid ‘status reversal’.

Jitoboh is not only praying the court to order his reinstatement, but he also wants the N550 million as general damages “for the unwarranted embarrassment caused by the purported termination of my employment,” contending that the development portrayed him as a disloyal officer.

He also wants the court to compel the PSC to pay him an additional N50 million as the cost of filing the lawsuit.

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