Civil Servants in Benue State are to celebrate Christmas without salary .
Giving the reason for nonpayment of December salary to its civil servants , the State Commissioner for Information Culture and Tourism , Mrs Ngunan Adingi , said the government ’ s accounts have been garnished following court orders .
Adingi , who briefed journalists on Thursday at the Benue Peoples House , Makurdi, lamented that the order by the court has grounded government activities .
She explained that the order to garnish government accounts were secured in different courts in Nasarawa and Abuja.
The Commissioner said , “ Some aggrieved nonindigenes working in the state who were redeployed to their states in 2007 under the State Universal Basic Education Board , SUBEB, took the State Government to court to protest the action .
“ Consequently in 2008 , the court in the case between Juliana Igweka and 95 others vs SUBEB and Attorney General of Benue State , declared that the affected persons be reinstated in the civil service , ” adding that counsels to the applicants , in turn , went back to court asking for monetary compensation , which was not part of the original judgment .But when the applicants failed to get the courts to do their wish in the state , they went to different courts in Nasarawa and Federal Capital Territory to secure garnishee orders on all accounts of the state which was served yesterday ( Friday ) , thereby crippling all government activities , including payment of salaries. ”
Shedding light on the order , the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice , Michael Gus , described the judgment as fraudulent , saying the courts lacked jurisdiction to entertain the matter .
Gusa noted that the State Government had initiated processes to set aside the garnishee orders as soon as possible , stressing that government would also approach the National Judicial Council for necessary action against the judges involved.v
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