Ameh Onoja is a Kogi state civil servant whose salary was stopped in March 2014 because he was believed to have attained the compulsory retirement age.

Onoja had approached the National Industrial Court, Abuja, to seek redress saying there was no justification for the treatment meted on him.

Also joined in the suit were the Kogi Civil Service and Ministry of Justice.

He argued that he had not reached the mandatory retirement age of 60 and had not spent 35 years in service as required by civil service rule before retirement.

Daniel Onuh, the claimant’s counsel told the court that his client was born on Oct. 1, 1960 and joined the civil service in 1983 as a class teacher with the Benue government before transferring his service to Kogi in 1995.

Since no disciplinary action has been instituted against the claimant for any misconduct, and he has not received any dismissal letter, he is entitled to his salary from when it was stopped till date, the lawyer said.

Justice David Isele in his judgment, held that evidence before the court showed that the claimant was correct with his arguments.

The court then ordered the restoration of the claimant’s monthly salary of N153,298 from March 2014 till date within one month.

Ameh Onoja is still serving as the Vice Principal (Academics) of Ogugu Community Secondary School, in Olamaboro Local Govt. Area of Kogi State.

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