CALABAR- UNITED Bank for Africa, UBA, has been dragged before the National Industrial Court in Calabar for being forced to resign his appointment with the bank and subsequently denied his entitlements.
Mr Anthony Idagu who filed suit number NICN/CA/20/2019 in his claims stated that he was deployed from the Calabar branch of the bank in April 2013 to Ikom in central Cross River as a cash officer where he served diligently until January 31st 2018 when he had issues with collague.
He averred in his statement of claims that he was as a cash officer asked to carry out integrity test on tellers in the branch following reports of underpayment of customers which he diligently did as a cash officer with the bank.
” I carried out the integrity test in conjunction with the Operations Officer of the branch with the aid of cameras without the knowledge of the tellers and one of the tellers, Jeremiah Akpan failed the test”.
He stated that he reported his finding to the Control Officer , Mr Kenneth Akpom who rather than discipline the staff said he should be advised and allowed to continue work.
“We have on record several queries on the said staff, Jeremiah Akpan bordering on allegation of cash suppression, under declaration including that of integrity test on January 31st 2018 but no action was taken against him by Branch Operations Manager,Mr Kenneth Okpom and Matthew Nyiam”.
” The integrity test register was signed by the Operation Manager and he followed his instructions given to him by the Branch Operations Manager to register every outcome of integrity test which he duly signed”
When he insisted on the right thing being done, a committee was set up and instead of carrying out sanctions against the erring staff he was suspended.
The suspension he said went beyound the three months as a matter which did not involve external forces should last to five months and thereafter he was invited and asked to resign.
” After eighteen years of meritorious service I was asked to resign and when i wrote in the resignation letter that I was asked to resign they rejected it and said I should remove the clause “asked to resign” and say it was voluntary just to ensure that I do not get my benefits”.
He called on the court to order the bank to pay him his outstanding salary and emoluments due him.
Hearing on the matter has been fixed for December 11th, 2019.