BREAKING: Chaos As Appeal Court Locks Out Staff For Resuming Late

BREAKING: Chaos As Appeal Court Locks Out Staff For Resuming Late

  • Some officials of the Court of Appeal in Abuja were prevented from gaining access into the court premises on Thursday, December 30
  • The vehicles of affected court staff members were not allowed to park in the compound which led to traffic jam on the road
  • It was discovered that the court's president, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, took the decision to punish regular latecomers

Abuja - The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday, December 30, prevented some staff members from accessing the court premises with their vehicles.

Security personnel at the entrance of the court revealed that they were directed by the court’s president, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, to lock the gate in order to stop staff who reported late for duty.

Appeal Court, Abuja
The decision affected some court directors (Photo: Aso Rock Villa)

Resultantly, some affected court directors had to park their vehicles on the court’s main entrance gate, down to the road leading to the Federal Secretariat and the Force Headquarters, a situation that has affected the usual flow of traffic.

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A court official who spoke with The Nation without revealing his identity said:

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“So, she directed the security personnel to lock the gate so that those coming late would not be allowed to enter with their vehicles.
“Even staff buses are affected. You can see they are all packed outside.
“We are, however, not sure what penalties would be visited on the erring staff at the end of the day.”

It was gathered that Justice Dongban-Mensem's decision was influenced by the discovery that most officials resume work much later than the official time without remorse.

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The court refrained all parties from taking action that would give effect to the judgment of a Federal High Court that allowed the Rivers state government to collect VAT pending the hearing and determination of the main suit. gathered that a three-man panel of the appellate court led by Justice Haruna Tsammani gave the order on Friday, September 10, while ruling on an appeal filed by the Federal Internal Revenue Service (FIRS).


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