Alleged Non-payment of Allowances: Deputy Drags Kogi Gov to Industrial Court


Kogi State Deputy Governor, Elder Simon Achuba has dragged Governor Yahaya Bello and the state Commissioner for Justice to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) over alleged non-payment of allowances.

Mr Achuba, in a suit NICN/ABJ/244/2019 filed on Aug.19., prayed the court to declare that the decision of the defendants to withhold his allowances was discriminatory and amounted to unfair labour practice.

He is also seeking an order of the court for the payment of N921.5 million being his travel allowances, monthly impress, security votes and other statutory allocations due to his office as the Deputy Governor of Kogi.

The case which was filed by Falana & Falana’s Chamber is yet to be assigned to a judge.

The two  political leaders in the state have been having a strained relationship since Mr Achuba publicly accused his principal of not paying the allowances meant for his office as deputy governor. 

Mr Achuba also alleged that Mr Bello was after his life, an accusation Kogi government denied.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that activities resumed on Monday at the NICN after its two months annual vacation.

NAN further reports that counsel and litigants were seen at the premises of the Abuja Division of the NICN.