Former editor sues ThisDay newspaper over unpaid salaries

Paul Ibe

A former editor of ThisDay (Saturday) newspaper, Mr Paul Ibe, has prayed the National Industrial Court to order the media outfit to pay the salaries and entitlements due to him from 2000 to 2002.

Mr. Ibe told the court on Monday in Abuja that he was owed 114,000 rands and 19,000 dollars being the cost of expenditure incurred while he was the newspaper’s correspondent in South Africa.

He said the monies were in unpaid monthly salaries/arrears, housing loan, transport allowances and unremitted tax and pension contribution.

Mr. Ibe said he was given a key for an accommodation that did not exist, adding that he had to live like a refugee while in South Africa.

He added that in spite of the state of affairs, he made and remitted some money to the company in Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ibe, whose appointment was terminated on July 13, 2010, wants the court to declare his sack unlawful, illegal and in bad faith.

Joined in the suit are Nduka Obaigbena and Leaders and Company, publishers of the newspaper.

Mr. Ibe’s counsel, Noble Ifeme, tendered documentary evidences and “a harmonised salary structure’’ to support the claims and the court admitted them.

Mr. Ifeme said Leaders and Company was responsible for Mr. Ibe’s transfer to South Africa to represent Thisday newspaper.

The judge, Mrs Maureen Esowe, adjourned the case to July 18 for cross examination of the claimant and further hearing.

 


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  • Olumide Olaitan

    It is about time this flamboyant criminal, Nduka Obaigbena who has feels he is above the law and carries on like a god is put behind bars. Unfortunately such criminals like him walk around the corridors of power with a swagger notwithstanding that he has broken all manner of laws of the land including tax evasion. Shame on a society that continues to treat his ilk as their heroes!

  • OSYTA.N..

    NDUKA OBAIGBENA, WHY ALWAYS YOU? FOR THE LOVE OF GOD JUST DO THE RIGHT THING FOR ONCE..BIKO!!! PLEASE, A STAFF DESERVES HIS WAGES …I REST MY CASE

  • Felix Ojini

    Haba Nduka must your life be ruled by 419, wuruwuru and jibiti? This time God don catch because na one chance you don enter for this matter. Obaigbena ole, devourer of the age mates of his daughters. You will pay for all the sufferings and violations you had visited on both staff of THISDAY Newspaper and all those under aged girls you had defiled