Court declines request to freeze Edo state govt’s accounts

Court declines request to freeze Edo state govt’s accounts

- A Federal High Court in Abuja has declined a request to freeze the accounts of the Edo state government

- The request was made by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN)

- JUSUN says its request was due to the alleged refusal of the Edo government to pay outstanding salaries and entitlements

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has declined a request by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) for an order freezing accounts of the Edo government over its alleged refusal to pay the outstanding salaries and entitlements of court workers in the state.

JUSUN had also prayed the court to order confiscation of what was due to Edo state from the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC).

In a ruling on Thursday, August 27, Justice Okon Abang held the request made ex-parte by the national headquarters of JUSUN was capable of crippling the activities of the state before the forthcoming governorship election.

Court declines request to freeze Edo state govt’s accounts
Residents of Edo state will be voting their next governor on Saturday, September 19.
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He said: “It is ill-motivated because the judgment of this court can still be enforced even after the election in Edo state.”

He proceeded to dismiss the application and adjourned further proceedings in the case against the other states to Wednesday, September 30.

Meanwhile, the Edo state High Court sitting in Benin has granted an order for the Edo state government to apply for an Order of Mandamus compelling the Nigeria Police Force to investigate 18 individuals for their alleged complicity in the recent invasion of the Edo state House of Assembly.

The individuals include the 14 lawmakers whose seats have been declared vacant, the retired deputy clerk of Edo state House of Assembly, who purportedly presided over their inauguration and others.

Hon. Justice Efe Ikponmwonba, a vacation judge, gave the ruling on Wednesday, August 26, in suit no: B/141M/20 between complainant/applicant, which includes Attorney General of Edo state, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, with G. E. Adekambi, M. O. Airende, Orobosa Okunbor, I. O. Kadiri and Adaze Emwanta against the Edo state commissioner of police.

Interestingly, had earlier reported that the Edo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), recently called on the Nigeria Police Force to immediately arrest and prosecute Mr Kabiru Adjoto and Osaigbovo Iyoha, both of whom are senior aides of Governor Godwin Obaseki.

At a press briefing on Tuesday, August 25, Colonel David Imuse, the Edo APC chairman, said the duo should be arrested over their alleged involvement in the hiring of armed thugs in the invasion of the Edo Assembly complex earlier this month.

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