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Ex employee cries out, vows to wrestle Nda-Isaiah in court over 3-year unpaid salaries


Omileye Olamide Ayoola, lawyer to a former worker of Leadership Newspaper, Mr. Durojaiye Hassan, has said that his chambers have concluded plans to drag the publisher of Leadership newspaper, Mr. Sam Nda- Isaiah, to the National Industrial Court (NIC) over N4.8 million salary arrears.
Aside owing Hassan the sum of N4.8million salary arrears, Mr.Nda-Isaiah had  also refused to pay Hassan the commission from a 400 page advertisement he single-handedly secured for the newspaper from the Kogi State Government.
The Pharmacist-turned publisher also subjected Hassan to police harassment, intimidation and detention.
For more than a week now, a full-page advert of ‘Disclaimer’ has been running in the newspaper against Hassan.
Addressing judiciary correspondent in Abuja through Ayoola, Hassan urged innocent members of the public, who may not have known the genesis of the crisis, to disregard the disclaimer advert in the LEADERSHIP newspaper.
“Mr. Nda-Isaiah is known for cheating his staff when it comes to the issue of their welfare. He decided to start running disclaimer adverts against me simply because I refused to be cheated.
“Nda-Isaiah called the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, who is his kinsman, on phone to intimidate and harass me, despite I being cheated.”
He said all the adverts placed by Kogi State Government is about ‎N100 million out of which he only paid a month’s salary for all his staff.
Adeleye explained that Hassan, who was employed by the newspaper in 2011 until he resigned voluntarily in July 2017, had three years outstanding arrears of his salary to the tune of N4.8 million.
The lawyer, however, said his client fell apart with the newspaper when he, through the good relationship he had established in the past secured 400 pages advertisement from Kogi State government to the tune of N45.5 million.
“The payment for this advert was done through Hassan’s personal account. The monies were paid into his account in his individual capacity and not as a staff of leadership newspaper but more or less as an agent through which they could have paid the assignment through other newspapers since he became a free agent after his resignation from the newspaper in July, 2017.
“In the course of this payment, some monies were lodged to my client’s account which he appropriately remitted to LEADERSHIP newspaper and took less than N3 million as commission which was an agreement between him and management of the newspaper. This N3m was a token out of the contract worth N45.5 million.
“The explanation for this is that he paid N39.5m into leadership newspaper, took N3 million as agreed between him and the management of leadership newspaper and another N1 million which was supposed to be given to the Kogi State Government House Staff to facilitate the payment as agreed and approved by the management of leadership newspaper as well.
“My client also took N2 million, part of his salary arrears; this was also done with the agreement of the management of leadership newspaper”, the lawyer stated.
Hassan said after he deducted the money from the money paid by the state government, Nda-Isaiah asked him to return all the money deducted that the company will pay him his dues.
According to Hassan, he asked him to put it in writing, a request Nda-Isaiah declined.
Hassan’s lawyer expressed shock that instead of honouring the agreement with his client, Nda-Isaiah resorted to intimidating and harassing his client using the police.
“My client was harassed, arrested, intimidated and detained by the police for no crime committed under our laws. As a law abiding citizen, he has always made himself available at every given time as requested by the police”, he added.
Meanwhile, Hassan has expressed surprise over a full page disclaimer the newspaper carried in his name.
The disclaimer, according to the lawyer, has projected his client’s image in bad light.

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