Ex-female staff drags insurance company to court over withdrawal of award prize

Mercy Orga

By PAUL ADAJI, Abuja –

A former staff of African Alliance Insurance Plc,  Mercy Aershimana Orga, had dragged the company to court to challenge the secret withdrawal of an Award Prize after it had been publicly presented to her.

The Award Prize had been presented to Mercy at a public ceremony organized by the insurance firm after she successfully met and indeed exceeded the target set for her by the company.

The multi-million Naira suit was filed against the company before the Abuja division of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN).Mercy Orgawhere she is challenging the secret withdrawal of an Award Prize presented to her by the company.

In the suit marked No. NICN/ABJ/383/2019, Mercy Orga  is, among other reliefs, seeking an order compelling Alliance Insurance Plc to pay her the current value of the car seized from her after it was presented to her in public as an award prize due to her diligence and commitment to the job.

She told the court how  African Alliance Insurance PLC gave her a target on annuity of N240 million in that year but due to her hardwork, she exceeded the target by getting N500 million which led to the award of the car to her.

The claimant however told the court how the company secretly withdrew the car from her soon after it was publicly presented to her.

In his submissions before Justice Agbakoba of the Abuja division of the court last weekend, counsel to the claimant,  Odu Anabe, urged the court to declare that  the unlawful  actions of the defendant amounted to  dehumanization of his client and therefore null and void.

Besides, the claimant in her evidence before the court, narrated how many of her colleagues had died as a result of recent draconian policies of the defendant.

She  told the court that some of her colleagues, who were afraid of losing their job, ended up losing their lives, due to the inability of the company to grant them medical leave.

Narrating her harrowing experience, Orga, who was an outstanding employee of the defendant, told the court how she was disengaged because she went for surgical operation.

She lamented that despite her illness, the company refused to give her medical leave.

She is further praying the court to order the company to pay her the value of the car seized from her; payment of 2% of National Provision Fund money owed as contributory pension by the Defendant; payment of the balance of savings, and amount expended in the Makurdi office as well as payment of amount erroneously deducted from her by the misappropriation of the agents totaling about N10 million.

Meanwhile, the court has received in evidence, some relevant documents in support of her case.

The exhibits were tendered in court by her counsel, Anabe after being identified by her in the witness box.

Some of the exhibits include letter of employment, Guarantor form, award plaques, statements of facts and details of  wrongful deductions from her accounts and an internal memo.

Some of the  documents were, however, admitted under protest by the defence counsel, N.J. Obiezu.

Meanwhile, further proceedings have been adjourned to November 10 , 2022 for the cross-examination of the claimant by the defence counsel.

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