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N9.7m Debt: Nigeria Immigration Service Ordered To Pay Former Staff

A garnishee order on the bankers of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, to pay a former staff, Oguntoyinbo, a sum to the tune of N9.7 million has been made.

The order was made by Justice Olufunke Anuwe of the National Industrial Court, Abuja, Nigeria, on Thursday (today).

By definition, a proceeding called garnishee is judicial enforcement of monetary judgment whereby money belonging to a debtor, in the possession of a third party, usually a bank, is seized by a creditor.

The judge arrived at the decision after granting the motion which sought to garnishee the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and Polaris Bank accounts of the NIS.

Shortly after granting the order, Justice Anuwe adjourned until July 12, 2019 to enable the financial institutions show cause why the money of the judgment debtor (NIS) with them should not be used to pay the judgment creditor.

It would be recalled that the court had on April 10, 2019 delivered judgment in favour of the judgment creditor, when it directed the NIS to effect payment of the said amount within 60 days.

The salary arrears as directed by the judge was for July 1, 1999 to August 31, 2014.

Aside from the salary arrears, Justice Anuwe equally ordered the NIS to pay the former staff the sum of N2million as general damages and awarded the sum of N250,000 to him as cost of prosecuting the suit.

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