Court orders Kogi state govt to pay impeached deputy governor Achuba N180m as security votes

Court orders Kogi state govt to pay impeached deputy governor Achuba N180m as security votes

- Simon Achuba, a former deputy governor of Kogi, on Wednesday, November 4, recorded a victory at the National Industrial Court in Abuja

- The court ordered the state government to pay Achuba the sum of N180 million

- The court ruled that the amount is the security votes that accrued to him from 2018 and 2019

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The National Industrial Court in Abuja on Wednesday, November 4, issued a verdict in favour of Simon Achuba, the former deputy governor of Kogi who was impeached in October 2019.

In its ruling on Wednesday, the court presided over by Justice Oyebiola Oyewunmi, ruled that Achuba should be paid the sum of N180 million by the state government as security votes due him from 2018 to 2019, Channels TV reports.

The court said the sum should be paid to the impeached deputy governor within a space of 30 days or 30% of the money will be given to him on a monthly basis.

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Court orders Kogi state govt to pay Achuba N180m as security votes
The Kogi state government, by court order, is to pay Simon Achuba N180m as security votes (Photo: Vanguard)
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However, the NIC turned down Achuba's prayer for the amount of N328 million and N32,000 to be paid as part of impress while he was in office.

Meanwhile, the impeachment of Achuba by the state House of Assembly was declared null and void by a state high court in Lokoja.

Justice John Olorunfemi while delivering the judgment on Wednesday, February 26, said Achuba’s removal is a violation of the constitution.

He further described the state House of Assembly's action as a constitutional coup, hatched and executed in a democracy.

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The former deputy governor was impeached by members of the Kogi state House of Assembly back in October 2019.

In another report, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi vowed that the current onslaught on criminal elements in the state will be sustained until they are crushed completely.

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The governor gave the reassurance on Friday, July 31, while speaking to journalists at the Eid ground in Agasa, Okene local government area of the state.

According to the governor, he would lead security agents in the coming days to smoke out criminals from their hideouts.

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