Aide Sued Ex-Minister Over Unpaid Salaries

Victor Oluwadamilere, a former aide of ex-minister of communication, Adebayo Shittu, has dragged him before the National Industrial Court, Abuja over alleged non-payment of salaries.

Mr Oluwadamilere, who was Shittu’s special assistant on media, wants the court to compel the defendant to pay him N11.7 million accumulated as salaries for 28 months.

The plaintiff also wants the court to declare that the non-payment of his arrears of salaries was wrongful, illegal and unconstitutional.

Oluwadamilere also prays the court to order Shittu to pay him N50 million as aggravated and general damages among other claims after his appointment was terminated on March 14, 2018.

He alleged that the defendant only paid him three times out of the 28 months he worked for him.

He said Shittu paid him N500, 000 twice, N1.3 million once, totalling N2.3 million.

The former aide said the defendant put him on a monthly N100, 000 salary as against the approved Federal Government rate of N500, 000 for SA to Honourable Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

At the resumed hearing on Wednesday before Justice Benedict Kanyip, the plaintiff’s counsel, Adewale Lawal, informed the court that the matter was for mention.

Defence counsel, Oluwafemi Davies-Awe, confirmed that though he had been served with all relevant court processes, he needed time to respond to the claimants’ averments.

The judge adjourned the matter until November 13 for hearing.

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