Through her lawyer Olatunde Adejuyigbe (SAN), the claimant is accusing UTC of withholding the balance of her retirement benefits put at N26,558,012.76. When the matter came up for mention last Friday, the defendant was not in court despite being served with the processes on January 16. The company has not filed any response to the suit when the matter came up for mention. Ajala said she worked for the company for 29 years and rose through the ranks to the position of a Senior Management Officer at the time of her retirement on August 12, 2011. She alleged that her letter of retirement from the company dated August 12, 2011 indicated that N35, 558,012.76 as total amount due to her as retirement benefits and to be paid to her ‘on her exit date’. She stated that she was surprised that only N9million was later paid to her against her total retirement benefit of over N35million she was entitled to. “Out of the entire sum, only N9million was paid by the defendant vide an Oceanic Bank cheque dated December 23, 2015, “she averred. She further stated that the defendant is also owing her ‘post retirement contract salaries at the rate of N200, 000 per month from April 2013 to January 2014 totalling N2million.’ As a way of recovering her money, the claimant stated that she wrote a letter dated June 8, 2015 to the company reminding them of the ‘balance of her gratuity at retirement as well as the outstanding salaries and demanded that the money be paid.’ She claimed the company refused to respond to the said letter. “The claimant’s solicitor reiterated the demand for the payments vide a letter dated September 7, 2015 to which there has been no response till date,” she averred in her statement of claim. According to her, the non-payment of her benefits has deprived her the benefits and interests she should have earned as income if she had invested the funds in buying Treasury Bills from her financial institution from time to time. She further alleged that the defendant has been trading with the claimant’s benefits and earning profits from it. The claimant, therefore, sought for an order compelling the defendant to pay to the claimant N28, 558,012.76 being the outstanding retirement benefits and unpaid salaries due to the claimant from December 1, 2011 till February 28, 2015. She also wants interest on the amount at the rate of 11percent per annum from December 1, 2011 until judgment and thereafter at the rate of 30 percent per annum until the debt is liquidated; as well as N3million as legal fees. Justice Oyewumi adjourned till March 16.]]>

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