Sack Of LAHASCOM Chairman: Court Orders Lagos Speaker To Maintain Status Quo
The National Industrial Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, not to obstruct, disturb or frustrate Chief Olawale Mogaji, Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Services Commission (LAHASCOM) in the discharge of his duties.
Justice R.H. Gwandu in his ruling on Thursday ordered the Lagos Speaker to stay the action pending when the motion of exparte filed by Mogaji was heard by the court.
The House had on Thursday, July 14, in a unanimous decision, voted for the sack of the LAHASCOM Chairman. His sack was approved after a voice vote by members of the House at a plenary presided over by Obasa.
No reason was given by the House for the sack.
A few days after he was sacked by the House, Mogaji vowed to seek redress in court, alleging that the action that led to his sack was a total disregard for due process.
Speaking through a statement he personally signed, Mogaji said: “I heard through the news that the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly terminated my appointment as Chairman of the Lagos State House of Assembly Services Commission at the plenary on July 14 2022.
“It is very sad that our democracy has been bastardised with the conduct of those who are supposed to uphold the rule of law and sanctity of justice.
“The speaker without recourse to the service rules has been operating the Commission like a unit of the Assembly,” he alleged.
Mogaji also alleged the speaker of appointing officers on GL-15 as Clerk and Secretary of the House instead of being a full director on GL-17, as stipulated by law.
“These is just a few of the unilateral actions taken by the Speaker, he obstructs the activities of the Commission and any attempt to advise on the need for due process is seen as an affront.
“However, l will remain steadfast and allow the law to take its course by going to court to seek redress and protect my integrity,” he stated.
However, Justice Gwandu in his ruling said: “Having looked at the processes before me, l hereby order that the defendants should halt any action within the matter pending the hearing of the motion on notice, the interim injunction is granted as prayed”.
The judge further directed that any disobedience to the court order by the Speaker shall be treated as contempt of the court, adding that the claimant should immediately serve the defendants and put them on notice.
The case was, however, adjourned to August 24 for a hearing.