The National Industrial Court has ordered Kogi State Government to pay the former deputy governor, Simon Achuba, the sum of N180 million.
Justice Oyebiola Oyewunmi, who read the judgment today, November 4, said that the state government must pay the amount within the period of 30 days or 30 per cent interest would be paid monthly.
He said that the amount represents Achuba’s outstanding security votes from April 2018 to August 2019.
The court, however, dismissed Achuba’s prayers for the sum of N328 million and N32,000 be paid as part of impress when he was in government.
Achuba was impeached in October 2019 by members of the Kogi State House of Assembly.
His impeachment followed the submission of a report of the committee set up by the state chief judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct against him.
Achuba was subsequently replaced as deputy governor, by Edward Onoja.
The ex-deputy governor dragged the state government to court, seeking a declaration that the decision of the government to withhold his allowances amounted to unfair labour practice.
He asked for the sum of N921,572,758 for security vote, monthly impress, travelling allowances, outstanding memos, and statutory allocations due to his office, as then deputy governor.