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Court orders former union chairman to remit N830,000 to union

07 October 2013, 20:10

Abuja - The National Industrial Court, Abuja has ordered Beloved Adegori, a former chairman of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), to remit N827,267 to the union.

Adegori was the chairman of the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) chapter of the union.

The union had dragged the SGF and the former chairman to the court in 2011, praying it to compel the defendants to refund its check-off dues between January and March 2008.

Delivering judgment on Monday, the presiding judge, Justice Oluseun Shogbola, held that the second defendant being an agent of the claimant could not exercise authority over the union's funds.

Shogbola also held that the argument of the second defendant that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the suit could not be sustained.

She ordered the second defendant to pay the unremitted dues to the union within two weeks and also ordered the SGF to ensure that the court's order was complied with.

"It is the order of the court that the sum of N827,267 being check-off dues collected by the second claimant between January and March 2008 be remitted to the claimant within two weeks of this judgment.

"It is also the duty of the first defendant to ensure that the second defendant complies with the order," she ruled.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that during the hearing, Adegori's counsel, Babatunde Adewusi, had urged the court to dismiss the suit for want of jurisdiction.

Adewusi contended that the claimant did not comply with its constitution in filing the suit since it did not explore internal mechanism to resolve the matter.

The claimant's counsel, Daniel Onuh, told the court that all efforts by the union to explore internal mechanism in settling the dispute proved abortive.

Onuh urged the court to discountenance the second defendant’s counter claim and grant the reliefs sought by the claimant.


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