Friday, 1 February 2013

Pension Scam:SSANU Condemns High Court Judgment

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU)  has condemned the Judgement of an Abuja High court that granted a jail term of two years or a fine of #750 thousand fine to the Director of Pension, John Yusuf who was accused to have stolen 20 billion from the pension fund describing it as the recklessnes of the country Judicial system.

 The Chairman of the Association at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Comrade Sabur Salaam while speaking with Newsmen on the ruling of the court said the implication of the judgement was a  shame on the nation and the judiciary for somebody was alleged to have stolen 20 billion pension fund and agreed 2 out of the 20 count charged which amount to only#2 billion to have been given a jail term of two years or an option of #750 thousand fine.

That Comrade Salaam  added that with such a lenient judgement the nation judicial system has embarrassed all Nigerian  and that his Association decried what has happened and called on all well meaning Nigerians to equally condemn the shame that has befallen the entire country.

He described Nigeria as a nation that has legalise corruption, stealing and other social vices adding that what made the whole situation more painful was the entitlement of those who had served the nation meritoriously that was involved.

On the implication of the judgement, the Chairman of SSANU at the Federal University of Agriculture said it will further encourage more corrupt practices among civil servants in the country as workers  will be encouraged to engaged in dubious practices to safeguard their lives  after retirement.

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