Ex-governor of Borno loses suit seeking to get pensions, benefits

Ex-governor of Borno loses suit seeking to get pensions, benefits

- Mohammed Goni has lost bid to get the Borno government to pay his pension and other benefits as former governor of the state

- Goni had cited constitutional provisions and sections of the Borno state laws to back his demand

- The National Industrial Court, however, says the Borno state law he cited did not consider those who governed before 1999

Mohammed Goni's hope of receiving his pensions and other benefits as a former governor of Borno state has been dashed as the National Industrial Court, Abuja, ruled against his suit on Wednesday, December 18.

The court threw out the suit by Goni, first civilian governor of Borno state, for reportedly lacking in merit.

Goni governed Borno state between October 1979 and October 1983 and he went to court against the state and its attorney-general on May 30.

The former governor claimed that he only received pension for four years between 2014 and 2019 since he left office as governor.

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Citing parts of the constitution and some laws in Borno, he sought the court to declare that he is entitled to his pension for life.

While asking the court to rule that he is also entitled to other benefits, the former governor asked for an order for the state to pay the arrears of all his entitlements.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Edith Agbakoba, who presided over the case, said the state's law did not cover such benefits in retrospect as it only dwelt on those elected from 1999.

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Legit.ng earlier reported that a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi area of Lagos recently ruled that it is illegal for former governors who now hold offices as senators or ministers to collect pensions as ex-chief executive officers of their respective states.

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