Court docket orders Edo govt to pay retired deem N41 million within 30 days


The National Industrial Court docket of Nigeria in Benin, the Edo Verbalize capital, has ordered the direct executive to pay cumulated pension and gratuity of N41 million to a retired deem of direct High Court docket, James Oyakhirome.

Adunola Adewemimo, the trial deem, ordered the Edo Verbalize executive and the direct’s pension board to pay Mr Oyakhirome the sum of N30,301,584.60 as gratuity.

The deem ordered the payment of further N11,728,907.06 to be paid to the retired deem as prominent stability of month-to-month pension from August 2019 unless the date.

The payments ought to still be made to Mr Oyakhirome within 30 days, the court docket ordered.

Per a summary of the judgement which became as soon as got from the NICN web direct, the court docket held that the defence that the responsibility of paying Mr Oyakhirome’s pension wants to be shared between his earlier employer College of Benin and the direct executive became as soon as misconceived and unsustainable.


The claimant, Mr Oyakhirome, had submitted that he served as a deem of the High Court docket of Edo Verbalize for 12 years with out blemish and retired in December 2018 upon attainment of the mandatory retirement age of 65 years.

The retired jurist requested for a choice, among others, whether or not he became as soon as not entitled to catch payment of his retirement advantages as a retired deem of the High Court docket of Edo Verbalize wholly and completely from the defendants in strict compliance with provisions of the Structure and the Pension Rights of Judges Act.

He wondered why his pension from January 2019 to June 2019 remained unpaid unless date.


In defence, the Edo Verbalize executive and the direct’s pension board averred that the payment of Mr Oyakhirome’s advantages is a responsibility it ought to piece with the College of Benin to which the retired deem had earlier rendered provider earlier than his judicial occupation.

The defendants argued that the claimant spent a full of 34 years in the public provider, made up of 22 years as a lecturer in the College of Benin and 12 years as a deem in the Edo Verbalize Judiciary.

This, based mostly on the defendant, is the premise why the payment of his retirement advantages ought to still be a joint responsibility between the direct and the federal executive.

Claimant’s response

Alternatively, Okay.O. Obamogie, attorney to the retired deem, reiterated that the appropriate authority to pay his client’s pension became as soon as the direct executive.

It acknowledged the direct executive can not evade the constitutional responsibility, urging the court docket to grant his client’s prayers.

Nonetheless W.O. Akpata submitted that the argument by his colleague that the generation of sharing of pension between the federal and direct governments ended on March 31, 1976 became as soon as misconceived.

Due to the this truth, he urged the court docket to brush apart the case.


Delivering the judgment after evaluating the submissions of both parties, the deem, Mr Adewemimo, held that as soon as a judicial officer attains 15 years in provider, he will be entitled to plump pension and retirement advantages as a judicial officer, while lesser years of provider may perchance perchance be pro-rated when it comes to 15 years.

The deem described the argument of the direct executive on the sharing of pension as an “aberration” and never contemplated or envisaged by the drafters of the Nigerian structure.

The court docket held that the direct executive’s reliance on the Pensions Act 1990 that the pension and gratuity of the retired jurist be apportioned between the federal executive and the Edo Verbalize executive has been modified by the Pension Reform Act of 2014, and the repealed legislation is ragged and of no fair .

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