Court Rejects Severance Allowances Payment To Political Office Holders
An appeal court sitting in Abuja, has declared illegal the payment of severance allowances, pensions and gratuity to political office holders in the country.
The three member panel, in its judgement on an application filed by the Kogi State government and three others, faulted the payment, saying it was illegal and immoral.
Justice Emmanuel Agim in the lead judgement, said it was wicked to pay political office holders such allowances with huge public funds.
The judge said the payment was illegal, because the letters of appointments issued to political office holders, did not stipulate the payment of pensions, severance allowances and gratuities.
Besides, the court said many of the political office holders after three to five years in office, often become stupendously wealthy, displaying mind blogging opulence and splendor.
Justice Agim said it was immoral that civil servants who spent all their active lives in the civil service, were subjected to the contributory pension scheme, with the deduction of part of their salaries, before they could collect pension when they retired.