Gov Okorocha’s policy on payment of 40% pension to retired civil servants wrong, illegal—Court

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  • Orders him to halt the policy with immediate effect

The National Industrial Court sitting in Owerri has declared the 40 per cent payment to Imo Pensioners by the Imo State Government illegal and unconstitutional.

The industrial court  and issued an order of perpetual injunction restraining the government and her agents of further slashing of pensions due the state pensioners.

The Presiding Judge, Olufunke Anuwe gave the order on Wednesday while delivering judgment in suit no. NICN/OW/144/2017 filed before her by the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) Imo state chapter against the Imo state governor and three others.

The court had on May 23, 2017 reserved judgment in the suit filed by Imo State branch of the NUP against the State government till July 5 after counsel to both parties had filed and responded to relevant papers.

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Justice Anuwe stated that the claimants had on February 24, 2017 filed a suit seeking declaration and order directing the Imo State government from respecting and honouring their rights to earn pensions, saying that the claimant equally sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Imo State Government from further slashing of pensions.