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Ex-policeman sues IGP, others over unpaid wages

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris and two others have been sued by a retired policeman, Uduak Sunday Akpan for allegedly withholding his salaries and other entitlements.

The suit marked: NICN/ABJ/242/2016, filed for Uduak by his lawyer, John Ainetor, before the National Industrial Court (NIC), Abuja, also has as defendants, the Police Service Commission (PSC) and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

Uduak, who retired as a Superintendent of Police (SP) on January 2, 2015, said he was being owed salaries and allowances for 13 months when he was suspended from service.

The claimant said he joined the NPF on January 7, 1980, but was suspended on July 2, 1997, while the payment of his salaries and emoluments was also withheld until he was reinstated in 2010.

Uduak stated that his salaries, allowances and emoluments were not paid to him for the period of his suspension, a period of about 13 years.

He is therefore praying the court for among others, an order directing the defendants to pay him N5,505,318.00 being the total amount of his unpaid salaries, allowances and emoluments from 2nd July, 1997 to 31st December, 2009.

The claimant also seeks an order directing the defendants to pay him N10m being damages for the delay and refusal of the defendants to pay his salaries, allowances and emoluments from 2nd July, 1997 to 31st December, 2009.

He also wants the court to order the defendants to pay him 21 per-cent interest on the judgment sum, from the date of the judgment until full payment of the judgment sum.

When the case came up for mention yesterday, the defendants were yet to filed their responses

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