A former Chief Magistrate, David Ochimana, on Thursday challenged his compulsory retirement by the Judicial Service Committee of the Federal Capital Territory before the National Industrial Court, Abuja.
The claimant’s counsel, David Idoko, informed the court that the defendant was served with necessary processes and hearing notices.
Justice Benedict Kanyip, the presiding judge however, fixed January 15, 2019 for hearing when there was no legal representation for the committee.
Ochimana prayed the court to declare that his appointment as a Chief Magistrate and Deputy Chief Registrar in charge of Magistrates’ Courts of FCT Judicial Service Committee was still valid, extant and subsisting.
The former Chief Magistrate want the court to declare that his compulsory retirement of May 22, did not comply with procedure for such retirement.
The claimant is also seeking an order of the court directing the defendant to set aside the letter of retirement and reinstate him immediately.
Ochimana is also seeking an order directing the defendant to pay him the sum of N150 million as general and exemplary damages.
The judge equally ordered that hearing notices be issued and served on the defendant before the next adjourned date.
Kanyip also directed that copy of service of hearing notices should be kept in the case file.