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Imo: Govt flays former deputy governor over N1.9b entitlement

By Charles Ogugbuaja, Owerri
05 June 2022   |   3:55 am
The Imo State Government has accused its former deputy governor, Eze Madumere, of plotting to use garnishee court order to destabilise the state and deprive workers of their salaries, and retirees of their pensions for the month of May.

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The Imo State Government has accused its former deputy governor, Eze Madumere, of plotting to use garnishee court order to destabilise the state and deprive workers of their salaries, and retirees of their pensions for the month of May.

This came as the National Industrial Court, Owerri Division, ordered the state government to pay Madumere N1.9b accrued to him during his unlawful impeachment by the Rochas Okorocha’s administration.

Meanwhile, the Owerri branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has condemned the abduction of the members of staff of the Industrial Court, Owerri Division, which led to its closure.

A statement by the Secretary of the Court’s Owerri branch, Chinedu Agu, wants the court to be reopened.

Also, another statement, at the weekend, by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, reads: “When Madumere approached the present government with a judgment asking for the payment of N1.9b, he was told that it was outrageous. A select committee sat with him and it was established that his legitimate entitlement was N144m. As a responsible government, we were prepared to settle that. But, he rejected the offer…”

“ Madumere insisted that he should be for the period he was impeached, forgetting that another person was in that office. There is no where that the legitimate claim should be more than that N144m, yet one man wants to collect N1.9b alone, the equivalent of one month salaries of Imo workers.

“Yes, we have appealed the judgment because the lower court erred in law by awarding him the amount in excess of what he is constitutionally entitled to. By next week, the legal fireworks will resume at the appeal court…”

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