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A former employee of Buhler Limited has sued the company for alleged wrongful dismissal after working for them for 13 years.

Buhler Ltd and Buhler Holdings A.G are the first and second defendants in the suit before Justice Mohammed Yinusa of the Federal High court in Lagos.

The plaintiff, Rotimi Salako, claimed that he was employed in the United Kingdom in 2002 as a store person by a company Buhler-Sortex a subsidiary of the second defendant.

Salako also claimed that he rose through the ranks over the years through promotions to the position of the Applications specialist (grain specialist).

Salako also claimed that he has dual citizenship that he is a British and Nigerian citizen and his primary place of residence with his family is the United Kingdom.

The plaintiff averred that on July 1, 2013, he was deployed by Buhler Group to Nigeria as an expatriate with the designation as an Area Sales Manager to come and set up and build the second defendant’s company in Nigeria with a salary package of $68,000 per annum.

He also claimed that he rented an office in Lagos, hired staff and he was designated to be the Managing Director of the first defendant.

Salako claimed that on 24 November 2014, he received a letter of termination of contract from two of the Directors of the company, Andreas Fluckiger and Roman Sonderegger both Swiss nationals.

The plaintiff however claimed that being a Managing Director of the company, he did not receive any notice of writing of the meeting where the decision to terminate his contract was made.

He further averred that some of the problems that he started having within the company was with some other expatriate staff, claiming that the Swiss nationals were apprehensive that he would become privy to the inner workings of the Buhler Group in Nigeria and their modus operandi of doing business.

He also added that under the British law when a company makes a staff of over 12 years redundant, some redundancy payments should be made to the laid off staff.

Salako, however, averred that his contract was terminated wrongfully and unlawfully and is therefore urging the court to grant an order that defendant’s board of Directors cannot lawfully hold a meeting about the termination of his contract without giving him a notice.

He asked the court for an order for the payment of N100 million by the defendants for service rendered as a Director and a Managing Director.

He is also asking the defendant for £14,250 being the redundancy payments for the 13 years of service for the second defendant.

The matter has been adjourned till February 10 for hearing.

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