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Sacked Plateau Councillors: Court didn't order Governor Lalong to pay N1. 57billion severance allowance-Counsel

Sacked Plateau Councillors: Court didn't order Governor Lalong to pay N1. 57billion severance allowance-Counsel

Counsel to the Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, Garba Pwul (SAN) has debunked the claim by sacked councilors that the State Government is to pay them severance allowance of N1.57billion base on a recent court judgment.
However, in his reaction to the Claim, Pwul told journal­ists in Jos, that the Counsel to the sacked Councillors (Gyang Zi) was only mischievous by claiming that the sacked coun­cilors were entitle to severance allowances from the state gov­ernment.
“It is not true because after careful study of the judgment issued by the State High Court III being presided by Justice Da­vid Mann, there is no mention or any order for any payment of severance to be paid the sacked councilors.
“In fact, the judgment was even in favour of the state gov­ernment and not the council­ors, since the issue of payment order was not given in the Court’s judgment, which we have studied.
“In page 32 of the judgment it reads, `the Plaintiffs principal claim was reinstatement, which has since been struck out. Ac­cordingly, in view of the deci­sion in Nyako Vs Adamawa State House of Assembly (Su­pra), I refrain from making any consequential order’.
``That is exactly what the court said; how then could any of the councilors or their Coun­sels dream of having a sever­ance package from the state government?’’ Pwul queried.
The Senior Advocate de­scribed Zi’s claim as ``frivolous and a figment of his (Zi’s) imag­ination since nobody will enter­tain any such claim of N1.57 bil­lion as severance allowance to sacked councilors.
“If the court had made men­tion of such order, it could have been a different ball game, but there is nothing like that at all”.
It would be recalled that Gyang Zi, Counsel to the sacked councillors, had earlier claimed that Plateau State Government is to pay N1.57 billion as sev­erance allowance to the sacked councillors in the 17 Local Gov­ernment Areas of the State, fol­lowing a court judgment which faulted their dissolution in 2015.
Zi had told newsmen that, “we are happy that the court ruled in our favour even though it did not give an order for the garnishing of the accounts of the state and local governments.
“By the judgment of the High Court last Friday, my cli­ents, 271 of them, are entitled to N1.57 billion, as their sever­ance allowance from the state government and the 17 local government councils.
“If the court had given an or­der for the garnishing of the state government and local gov­ernments’ accounts, we would have gone straight to garnish the accounts.
“As we speak, we are already preparing our letter demanding for the payment as their (coun­cillors’) entitlements for the re­maining nine months in their two-year tenure as elected rep­resentatives of their people.”

 

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