Achuba: Court Orders Kogi Govt. to Pay Former Deputy Governor N180m

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The National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja Wednesday ordered the Kogi State Government to pay the former Deputy Governor, Elder Simon Achuba, the sum of N180 million.

The sum is an outstanding security votes due to him from April 2018 to August 2019.

The judgment delivered on today by Justice Oyebiola Oyewunmi in Abuja, said the amount is to be paid to Achuba by the state government within the period of 30 days or 30% interest will be paid monthly.

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

Achuba, had earlier dragged the Kogi State government before the National Industrial Court, seeking a declaration that the decision of the government to withhold his allowances, amounted to unfair labour practice.

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

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

His impeachment followed the submission of a report of the committee set up by the late State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajana to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct against the former deputy governor.

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