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Court orders Kogi government to pay former deputy governor N180 million

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Rayyan Alhassan
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Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/RayyanAlhassan, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Kogi State Government to pay former deputy governor Simon Achuba the sum of N180 million as outstanding security votes due to him from April 2018 to August 2019.

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Recall that Mr Achuba had earlier dragged the state government to court over alleged illegal impeachment from office in October 2019 and the withholding of his allowances, amounted to unfair labour practice.

Delivering judgement on Wednesday, Justice Oyebiola Oyewunmi, said the amount is to be paid to Mr Achuba within the period of 30 days or 30% interest would be paid monthly.

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

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

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