17 September 2012

Nigeria: Ojikutu Sues Fashola Over Pension

Former Deputy-Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Sinatu Ojikutu, has dragged Governor Babatunde Fashola before the state High Court, asking it to compel himto pay her pension and other benefits as provided for under the public office holder (payment of pension) Law No 11 official gazette of state, 2007.

Ojikutu was the state Deputy-Governor between January 1992 and November 1993 before she was sacked from office through a coup led by the late General Sani Abacha.

Also joined in the suit as respondents are: the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye and the Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions, Lagos State.

At the twilight of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration, the state Assembly had enacted a law stating among others that: "Any person who held office as an elected Governor or Deputy Governor shall be entitled to the payment of pension at the rate equivalent to the annual basic salary of the incumbent Governor or Deputy Governor and other benefits as provided by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission;

"Any person duly elected as public office holder shall upon the successful completion of his term be entitled to a grant of pension for life by the state; provided that such a person shall not be entitled to a grant of pension under this law if he was removed from office by the process of impeachment or for breach of any provision of the constitution..."

Based on this law, Ojikutu, through her lawyer, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN), sought the court to declare that she was a public office holder under the 1999 Cconstitution as amended in 2011.

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