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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Unpaid Salaries: Court Freezes Plateau, Benue Accounts

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Justice Ademola Adeniyi of a Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the freezing of accounts belonging to Benue and Plateau states in Skye Bank, Zenith Bank, First Bank of Nigeria and First City Monument Bank Plc over their alleged refusal to release funds for the payment of wages and allowances of court workers in the affected states.
The court gave the order on Monday while ruling on two ex-parteapplications filed by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), which sought to attach the states’ accounts in the banks over their alleged refusal to pay about N1.6billion to comply with the January 13, 2014, judgement delivered by the judge.
“An order nisi is hereby made attaching the money belonging to the 15th and 16th judgment debtors/respondents domiciled with Skye Bank Plc, Makurdi Branch – account number 170008758, to satisfy the judgement awarded in favour of the judgement creditor/applicant,” the judge said. 
He also made a similar order in relation to Plateau State’s accounts in the other banks. The judge ordered the garnishee “to show cause why the order nisi should not be made absolute by the court.”
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