BREAKING: Corps members, adhoc staff drag INEC to court over unpaid allowances

Over 100,000 aggrieved members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) who served as ad-hoc staff in the recently conducted general elections have dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court over unpaid N7 billion allowances.

The case is currently before a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Gwagwalada.

According to the aggrieved corps members, INEC has refused to pay them following the postponement of the February 16 presidential and National Assembly elections, despite a series of petitions addressed to the commission.

In the court paper filed on behalf of one Ifemenam Ozioma and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) ad hoc staff, lawyer to the plaintiff, Amobi Nzelu, said INEC had deliberately refused to pay each staff N15,000 which it initially agreed to pay to the claimant.

Briefing newsmen, Nzelu said:
"I have the full authority and consent of my principal as well as the plaintiff and those she is representing to depose to the affidavit. By virtue of my position, I am very conversant with the facts of this case. 
"On the 20th day of February 2019, I wrote a demand letter to the INEC, demanding on behalf of the ad-hoc staff payment of both the stimulation/induction course allowance of N8,000 and N15,000 for the elections.

Corps member beaten up in Lagos while demanding for election duties allowance (Video)
A male member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Ikuomola Adeleke, serving as an INEC ad-hoc staff in Mushin, Lagos state, was beaten up today in Lagos while he and colleagues were demanding for additional allowance, as they had been told that they were being cheated for collecting N5,000 instead of N20,000 that was paid to other adhoc staff.

According to the audio from the video posted on social media, the youth corper was beaten up while himself and other youth corp members were demanding for their allowance. The Corps member was seen struggling with crowd while his uniform dripped of blood.

Watch the video below:
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