The National Industrial Court in Abuja has ordered the Nigerian Army Council to immediately reinstate Auwal Suleman, a Colonel who was sent on compulsory retirement after 18 years in service in June 2016.
Delivering his judgement on Wednesday, Justice Sanusi Kado declared the retirement as null and void, “unlawful, illegal, unconstitutional and of no effect whatsoever”.
In addition, the court ordered the Army Council to pay all salaries and allowances due to Mr Sulaiaman from 2016 till date.
PRNigeria gathered that before his compulsory retirement, the Nigerian military and intelligence services had relied on Suleiman in countering terrorism.
His appointment as Deputy Chief of Operations to the United Nations Mission in Darfur and as Deputy Defence Adviser to the Nigerian Embassy in Washington in 2011 and 2012 respectively were abruptly cancelled because he was key to Nigeria’s counter-terrorism operations in the North East.
Before he was forced out of service without a query or indictment for any offence.
Mr Suleman had led a joint army-police team that cleared and arrested 377 terrorists with scores killed with no casualty to own troops in 2009.
He was instrumental to the creation of a Civilian Joint Task Force and control their activities in the North-East. He even broke the terrorists’ cell when the insurgents attempted to attack the Aso Rock Villa.
In recognition of his outstanding peacekeeping and successful security operations, he has received several national and international awards including the national honour of a Member of the Federal Republic, MFR.
Reacting to the judgement, Olayinka Adedeji thanked the court for doing justice to the case of his client and expressed optimism that the Nigerian army council as a creation of the law would respect and obey the judgement.