Some teachers in Ekiti State have petitioned Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, urging him to probe the state accountant general for what they described as alleged “conspiracy” against them.
The teachers alleged an extra deduction of N44 million from their monthly salaries to service loans they borrowed from the bank.
In a petition dated December 2, 2012 and signed by Barr. A.O. Adebayo, Solicitors and Advocates, they formally reported the accountant general and First Bank to the governor for continually and illegally making deductions from their salaries over a loan they had completed repayment since November, 2014.
The petition entitled: “Refusal to stop illegal deductions from the monthly salaries of some employees of the teaching service commission, Ekiti State”, lamented that the deductions have subjected their families to unwarranted sufferings as well as having adverse effect on their psyche.
The petition threatened to send a copy of the letter to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, if nothing substantial was done to halt the deductions soonest.
It described as very disturbing and worrisome, the refusal of the accountant general and the First bank to halt these provocative deductions, in spite of a stakeholders’ meeting called by the governor on October 23, where he ordered that all accounts must be harmonised and illegal deductions stopped with immediate effect.
The petition explained that the victims brokered a loan deal in 2011 with God’s Will Cooperative Society, which facilitated a loan from the First bank with the teaching service to make unbroken repayment through deductions from their monthly salaries.
“The repayment period of these loans was between December 2011 and November 2014, on equal monthly instalment apart from the initial payment made upfront by each beneficiary to meet the contingency and charges, and to serve equally as buffer in case of delayed payment.
“But in February, 2015, our clients discovered to their chagrins that the commission continued to deduct their monthly instalment from December, 2014 and January, 2015 salaries contrary to the mandate and instruction given to the commission. Excess deductions were brought to the notice of the commission and God’ will cooperative society.
“In view of the above, our clients are, by this letter, requesting your intervention. Our clients demand for the immediate stoppage of further deductions and the refund of the excess deductions made which has accumulated up to N44 million to be made to them together with the accruing interest,” it concluded.

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