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Group threatens to sue PenCom, states over pensioners’ entitlements, deductions

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Intellectual Young Leaders Network (IYLN) has threatened to sue the National Pension Commission (PenCom) if pensioners’ welfare is not prioritised at the end of next month.

The group also warned state governments to desist from deducting civil servants’ salaries to avoid being dragged to court.

Chairman of IYLN, Akinola Adams, gave the warning on Saturday in Abuja at the 3rd National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the network.

Adams charged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to be transparent and give serious consideration to beneficiaries’ appraisal after giving loans to small and medium scale businesses to boost the economy.

He said: “It is essential for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) to investigate diversion of funds and materials meant for bomb blast and internally-displaced persons (IDPS) in Nigeria, especially the North East.

“States that have misappropriated bail-out funds should be prepared to answer questions, as we approach 2019 general elections, as such state governments deserve red card from government house. State governments are also warned to desist from deduction of civil servants’ salary to avoid legal action.

“IYLN is saying without apology that any government that could not provide job for the people and has no empowerment projects to support the needs of the people should stop arresting, embarrassing and unlawfully detaining roadside petty traders or marketers. We urge the Federal Government to address this ugly situation before the traders or marketers revolt.”

He added that the network is totality opposed to vote-buying and related offences before, during and after elections.

The chairman advised political parties to respect the rule of law and place Nigeria’s interest above self while approaching the election.


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