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JUDGMENT: Court strikes out suit against Edo Govt, says case targeted at crippling governance before poll

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The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, dismissed a suit filed by Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) against Edo Government, asking for an order to freeze the state’s accounts.

Justice Okon Abang, in a ruling on an ex-parte motion brought by Counsel to JUSUN, Muheeb Komolafe, said the application, coming less than a month before the governorship election scheduled for Sept 19, was designed to cripple governance in the state.

Law TV reports that JUSUN, on behalf of judiciary workers in Edo, filed the suit to seek the payment of its members’ salaries and entitlements spanning seven months.

Among the accounts JUSUN also sort to be frozen by the court was that attached to the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC).

According to Justice Abang, this application was filed in bad faith and it is reasonably believed to have an ulterior motive, restating that the outcome of the Edo poll would not affect the subsisting judgment of the court dated Jan. 13, 2014, even when there was no appeal.

According to him, any of the parties that wins election would have no choice than to comply with the subsisting judgment provided that the learned counsel for the judgment creditor or the judgment creditor itself will do the proper thing by ascertaining the actual amount they are entitled to.

Justice Abang, who held that the application was lacking in merit, described it as “vague” for failing to state how much the union members were being owed by the state government, saying that the action was an abuse of court process.

He, thereafter, dismissed the suit and adjourned till Sept. 30 for hearing of the lawsuit against 35 other state governors and their attorneys general.

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