Lagos lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) has accused Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited of disregarding a judgment of the Supreme Court which ordered the reinstatement of about 860 employees of the company.
The apex court, in its judgment delivered April 20, also ordered payment of outstanding entitlements of the 860 employees.
In a petition sent to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige yesterday and titled: “Disobedience of the judgments of the Supreme Court by Mobil Producing Unlimited”, Falana urged the minister to ensure that the oil company complied with the order of the apex court by reinstating the sacked workers.
He said: “Since the oil company cannot disobey the judgment of the Supreme Court of United States of America, it should not be allowed to treat the Supreme Court of Nigeria with disdain.
“Whereas the Supreme Court has ordered the reinstatement of the security personnel, the Managing Director of the oil company, Mr Paul McGrath issued a statement on July 13, 2018 wherein he said that ‘Management has further decided to release the affected personnel effective July 13, 2018 under the company’s End of Service Benefit Plan.
“Having regard to the facts and circumstances of this case, we are compelled to urge you to use your good offices to ensure that the valid and subsisting judgments of the Supreme Court are fully complied with not later September 24, 2018. As our clients have lost their patience, we can no longer restrain them from taking appropriate measures to ensure compliance with the judgment of the highest court of the land”, he said.
According to him, Exxon Mobil recruited some Nigerians as security personnel in 1986 but later converted them to Spy Police personnel in a bid to short change them adding that the oil company perfected this with the connivance of the Nigeria Police Force authorities, a decision he described as anti labour policy of the country.
He said the security personnel who rejected their illegal posting by the police were dismissed while those who remained in the service of the oil company were kitted and paid meagre salaries of serving spy police personnel which was provided by the oil company.
Falana said that in 2005, the security staff sued the oil company at the Federal High Court, Uyo for dismissing some of them and for converting others to spy police personnel.