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INDUSTRIAL COURT ASKS KOGI GOVT. TO PAY SIMON ACHUBA N180M

The National Industrial Court has directed the Kogi State Government to pay the former deputy governor, Simon Achuba, the sum of N180 million.

The judgment was passed on Wednesday in Abuja, the nation’s capital by Justice Oyebiola Oyewunmi.

According to the court, the sum of N180million will be paid to Achuba as outstanding security votes due to him from April 2018 to August 2019.

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The court ordered the state government to pay the money to Simon Achuba within a 30 days period or risk an addition of 30% monthly.

The court, however, dismissed the former deputy governor’s request, in which he asked for the sum of N328million and N32,000 be paid as part of impress when he was in government.

Achuba, had previously filed a suit against the Kogi State government in the National Industrial Court, for having held on to his allowances. He stated that such action is unfair and unacceptable labour practice.

He requested for the sum of N921,572,758 for security vote, monthly impress, traveling allowances, outstanding memos, and statutory allocations due to his office, as the then deputy governor.

Achuba was impeached in October 2019 by members of the Kogi State House of Assembly.

His impeachment came right after the committee put in place to investigate reports bordering on gross misconduct proved the allegations against the then deputy governor. The committee was set up by the State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajana.