Governor Yahaya Bello said on the eve of the 2019 State Houses of Assembly elections in his broadcast thus:
“In any case, monies amounting to several months salaries due to Kogi State Civil Servants working in the judiciary are sitting in the banks. My preoccupation is how to get that money to innocent staffers without breaching applicable service rules or our Collective Agreement with Labour. I trust the Almighty God that reason will prevail than.”
And the National Industrial Court ordered in its judgment delivered on 3rd June, 2019 thus:
“By order of this court the Defendants are hereby directed to release the salaries, allowances and emoluments of the members of the claimant which are paid from subvention or the amount standing to the credit of the Kogi State Judiciary with effect from July 2018 to each head of courts….cumulatively amounting to N1,529,885,261.92 accordingly.”
It is now therefore a question of honour.