By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja
Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, yesterday dismissed a suit filed by Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) against Edo Government.
The plaintiff, had in an ex-parte motion is praying the court for an order to freeze the state’s accounts attached to the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC).
The court in its judgment held that the application was filed in bad faith and it is reasonably believed to have an ulterior motive to cripple governance in the state, as the governorship election coming up in September 19.
The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/667/2013 brought by Counsel to JUSUN, Muheeb Komolafe, seek the payment of its members’ salaries and entitlements spanning seven months.
In his judgement, Justice Abang, described the application lacking in merit. He also said that the plaintiff failed to state how much the union members were being owed by the state government.
“It is ill-motivated because the judgment of this court can still be enforced even after the election in Edo State.
“The reason offered by JUSUN for bringing this application during 2020 annual vacation of the court in the course of the forthcoming election in Edo State and the purported claim of controversy being generated by two leading political parties in Edo State and also the threat to order closure of all bank accounts of Edo State by faction of the Edo State House of Assembly, my lord, these are not good and substantial reasons; that application of this nature is vague and empty to be filed during annual vacation, a month before the election to cripple the activities of government,” he held.
He, thereafter, dismissed the suit and adjourned till Sept. 30 for hearing of the lawsuit against 35 other state governors and their attorneys general.