Supreme Court orders Yuguda to pay ex-deputy N215m
The Supreme Court has affirmed the ruling of the Court of Appeal in Jos, which ordered the governor of Bauchi state, Isa Yuguda to pay his former deputy, Garba Gadi, his entitlement of N215m.
Justice Walter Onnoghen, who presided over a five-man panel of the apex court, on Monday, struck out the appeal filed by Yuguda against the judgment of the appeal court.
The Court of Appeal Court in a unanimous decision, on November 25, 2011 ordered the Bauchi state governor to pay his former deputy his entitlement within 30 days from the day judgment was given.
The deputy Chief Registrar of the court was also directed to open an interest yielding account with the main branch of First Bank of Nigeria in Jos to facilitate the payment.
Gadi in 2011 was impeached by the Bauchi state House of Assembly, after his refusal to defect from the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with the governor in 2009.
The Federal High Court in Bauchi however on June 25, 2010 ordered the reinstatement of Gadi, who the court held was removed unconstitutionally. The court also asked state government to pay Mr Gadi’s salaries and allowances since he was impeached on August 18, 2009.
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