Taraba law officers on strike over salaries, allowances review

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By John Mkom

JALINGO—LAW officers at Taraba State Ministry of Justice have begun an indefinite strike over the slashing of their salaries/allowances since February 2016.

The state Chairman of Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, Mr. Tukur Taji, at a briefing in Jalingo, said the law officers would remain at home till government complied with the workers’ demand.

Tukur said the law officers were regulated by law duly passed by the Taraba State House of Assembly in 2005, hence the terms of payment as implemented thereafter should be complied with.

He contended that the slashing of salaries/allowances of law officers in the state for over 11 months had caused untold hardship for workers.

According to him, “our members are passing through hardship as a result of the continuous slashing of our salaries/allowances.

“We cannot attend to medications, our children have been out of schools, some of our loved ones have passed on because of lack of funds to attend to their medical and other needs, while others cannot pay their rents and have been thrown out of their houses.”

The Chairman called on the workers to suspend their services and remain at home till further communication.

Lost appeal

Meanwhile, the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal filed by a former member of Kogi State House of Assembly and former Caretaker Chairman, Ogori/Magongo Local Government Area of the state, Gabriel Daudu.

Daudu had asked that his conviction and prison sentence for a N1.4 billion fraud by a Federal high court in Lokoja be set aside.

Daudu, who was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a 208 count-charge bordering on money laundering and misappropriation of public funds, was found guilty of 77 counts by Justice Inyang Ekwo and sentenced to 154 years imprisonment.

In his ruling, the trial judge, held that the prosecution proved its case beyond every reasonable doubt, and therefore, sentenced Daudu to two years on each of the 77 counts to run concurrently.

Dissatisfied with his conviction, Daudu approached the appellate court praying that his conviction be set aside.

However, in a unanimous decision yesterday, the Appeal Court upheld the ruling of the lower court and dismissed Daudu’s appeal as lacking in merit.

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