Following the refusal to pay workers their salaries, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has frozen the accounts belonging to Benue and Plateau states in Skye Bank, Zenith Bank, First Bank of Nigeria and First City Monument Bank Plc.
The Judge in charge, Justice Ademola Adeniyi delivered this directive on Monday while ruling on two ex-parte applications filed by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), which sought to attach the states’ accounts in the banks over their alleged refusal to pay about N1.6billion to comply with the January 13, 2014, judgement delivered by the judge.
According to the Judge, “An order nisi is hereby made attaching the money belonging to the 15th and 16th judgment debtors/respondents domiciled with Skye Bank Plc, Makurdi Branch – account number 170008758, to satisfy the judgement awarded in favour of the judgement creditor/applicant.”
The same was said to Plateau State’s accounts in the other banks. The judge ordered the garnishee “to show cause why the order nisi should not be made absolute by the court.”
The judge revealed that the amount due to Benue State judiciary as at March 2015 is N957,630,349.57 and the amount due to the Plateau State judiciary for the same period is N673,019,948.19.