- The National Industrial Court (NIC) orders the Taraba state government to pay an ex-governor, Jolly Nyame, and three others the sum of N151.1 million
- The court says the amount is for the pension arrears of the former governor and three other claimants
- The industrial court warns that failure to make the payment to the claimants would attract a 10% interest from the state government
The National Industrial Court (NIC) has ordered the Taraba government to pay N151.1 million being the pension arrears of an ex-governor of the state, Rev Jolly Nyame, and three others between May, 2013, and October 2015.
Legit.ng learnt that the other claimants in the suit are Uba Ahmadu, Abubakar Armayau and Bilkisu Danboyi.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Sanusi Kado, in his ruling on an application brought by the claimants' counsel, Uchenna Okeke, entered a summary judgment in favour of the four of them.
The application by the claimants' counsel was brought to the court in pursuant to order 34, rule 4 of the NICN civil procedure rule, 2017 and sought for an order to enter a summary judgment against the Taraba state government.
The application also sought to compel the defendant to pay the balance of his clients' pension arrears within four months.
However, the defence counsel, Emmanuel Anderifun, in a counter-affidavit, opposed the application before the summary judgement was given by the court.
Kado noted that the defendant had always admitted owing the claimants the said amount adding that facts admitted needed not be proven by evidence or further proof.
The judge noted further that the claimants demanded for their payment in four installments while the defendant proposed 18 installments.
The court ruled in favour of 10 equal installments payment on a monthly basis commencing from July 2019 until the final liquidation of the total sum.
“Failure to abide by the decision of the court will attract 10% interest rate for the defendant.
"Summary judgment is hereby entered accordingly," he concluded.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the current governor of Taraba state, Darius Ishaku, recently described the democracy being practised in Nigeria as embarrassing and insulting without respect for the rule of law.
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