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
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
"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.