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Former Afribank staff get reprieve

By AbdulSalam Muhammad

KANO — An Industrial court sitting in Kano, Friday, ordered AfriBank Plc to pay full benefits based on current salary to no fewer than 506 staff disengaged by the bank recently.

Delivering judgment in Kano,Justice M. B. Dada said the bank was not able to contravene all the claims adduced by the sacked staff.

Justice Dada said the bank also failed to bring documents to substantiate its stand and vitiate the contents of the plethora of documents submitted by the claimants.

Counsel to the claimants, Mr Sai’du Mohammed Alkali, expressed happiness with the judgment, saying the case was brought to logical conclusion as the Industrial Court was the final arbiter on the matter.

Alkali called on the bank to hastily settle the ex-staff’s full entitlements.

At an earlier hearing, three of the disengaged Afribank staff, Maikudi Aminu, Umar Isah and Nura Jafaru Dan Malam, through an originating summons read to the court by their counsel, Sa’idu Mohammed Alkali, had asked the court to determine whether in view of their letter of disengagement from the service of Afribank, dated 27 May, 2009, they were not entitled to full payment of their benefits in line with article five of collective agreement.


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