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How Communications minister, Adebayo Shiitu diverted N21m: Ex-aides

Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shiitu has been sued by his former aides for diverting over N21m meant for salaries and allowances of his staff.

Two former aides of Adebayo Shittu on Tuesday dragged the Communications minister to an Abuja for allegedly owing them N21.5 million in salaries and allowances.

The plaintiffs are the former Personal Assistant to the minister, Razaq Olubodun, and Special Assistant on Media, Victor Oluwadamilare.

In their separate suits filed by their counsel, Adewale Lawal, the two prayed the court to order the minister to pay them the claim.

The duo are seeking the order of the court to declare that the non-payment of full salaries and allowances to them for those periods as wrongful, illegal and unconstitutional and that the minister should be ordered to pay them their unpaid salaries and allowances according to the Federal Government’s directive for payment of aides to the minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The plaintiffs are also asking for an order on the defendant to pay the sum of N50m to each of them as aggravated damages and to also pay them their full taxed costs of the prosecution of the suits.

They claimants stressed that each time they demanded their salaries, the Minister applies intimidation, harassment, draconian and Machiavellian approach and threatening to take them to the court where he would ensure they were frustrated and would still not pay them the salaries.

The court is yet to fix a date for hearing of the case.

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