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Seek Permission Before You Sack Workers – FG tell Employers. [Nigeria]


The Federal Government has warned employers of labour in Nigeria against sacking their workers due to the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

This was disclosed by Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment.

He said: “I wish to state that employers will not be encouraged to disengage staff without prerequisite social dialogue and clearance from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.”

In his May Day message to Nigerian workers, Ngige said, “I call on employees in science, technology and research sectors of the economy to put on your thinking caps and join your colleagues throughout the world and produce a cure and or vaccine for the COVID-19, for testing and other required processes and procedures.”

Concise News also reported that the Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, SAN, said that efforts are in place to ensure that jobs are not affected by coronavirus pandemic.


Keyamo made this known on Twitter in celebration of this year’s Worker’s Day on May 1.

He tweeted: “On this auspicious occasion of International Workers’ Day, 2020, I wish to praise the resilience and patriotism of Nigerian workers in the face of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are working hard to ensure we minimize the negative impact of the pandemic on jobs.”


Keyamo also had a word of advised for Grade 14 civil servants who will be resuming work on Monday.

“Those who’re designated to resume normal activities as from Monday should remember that they must take all necessary safely precautions not only for the sake of themselves, but for the sake of the loved ones they’ll always return to meet at home at the end of the day’s activities”, he wrote.



Access Bank Plans to Sack 75% Workers. [Nigeria]


The group managing director of Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe, in a leaked video, has revealed the bank’s planned mass retrenchment of its workforce over what he said was the outcome of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Access Bank MD, Herbert who spoke via video conferencing in a town hall meeting with the bank’s staff said those to be affected are 75% of the bank’s staff, most of whom are outsourced and are offering “non-essential services.”

“We probably don’t need as many securitymen as required, even to the fact that we are not gonna have all our branches open between now and December. We don’t need all the tea girls. We don’t need all the cleaners. We don’t need all the tellers etcetera, etcetera,” He said in a leaked video currently making the rounds.

“The second has to do with our professional cost. Now that is one that is very tricky and it is tricky because I do understand and appreciate that its gonna, you know, bring its own pain to staff. We basically have to make the adjustments the same way you sounded when we spoke 10 days ago with respect to basically cutting down cost.


“I will be the first to take the hit and I’m gonna take the largest pay cut, which would be as much as 40 percent. The rest we would have to cascade right through the institution. Everybody may have to make some adjustments of some sort.”

Wigwe’s revelation is coming few weeks after the financial institution donated One Billion Naira to the Nigerian government to help fight Coronavirus.



Kogi: NLC assure workers minimum wage payment

The Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Kogi chapter Comrade Onuh Edokah charges workers in the state to remain resolute as the state government has set up machinery to tackle all issues surrounding the payment of minimum wage in the state.

Edokah gave the charge on Wednesday during the 7th Quadrennial state delegates conference of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) , Kogi state chapter.

The NLC boss while speaking to newsmen at the venue of the congress urged civil servants in the state to expect a better deal from government, saying the union was still negotiating with government and hopeful of getting desired result at the end of negotiations.

“The state government has set up a committee to look into the payment of 30,000 naira minimum wage to workers of the state.

“We are hoping that by the end of the thirty days government gave the committee, they will come out with a chat that will be the true position of the minimum wage in Kogi state and we are expecting a win-win situation”, he assured.

Edokah who handed over the leadership of MHWUN to the newly elected Exco, said his ten years in the saddle of the union as chairman witnessed a lot of transformation , stressing that he was leaving the union better than he met it.

He therefore urged the new Exco to take the welfare of members as paramount , saying any union executive that failed in providing adequate welfare of its members would end up throwing the union into unbearable situation.

“I am leaving the union with a lot of legacies. The workers which I led in health worker’s union enjoyed the benefit of various structures of their salaries . I was the Chairman of the union through out the transformation of various salary structures and I ensure that the government pay workers their salaries” he noted.

At the end of the congress that lasted three hours, Comrade Amari Gabriel emerged as Chairman through consensus while Alilu Adejoh was elected as Vice Chairman, Kashim Abonika as Treasurer, Salaudeen Yakubu, State Trustee, Badams Kadiri, Auditor and Ajisafe Oluwatoyin as the Public Relations Officer.

Comrade Gabriel in his acceptance speech promised that his administration would not relent in moving the union to a greater height.

While commending the immediate past leadership of the union for laying a worthy legacy for the incoming executive, the new chairman solicited the cooperation and support of members to achieve success.


Minimum Wage: University Workers Mobilised For Strike Over Non-Implementation

University workers have begun mobilisation for a possible industrial action over the non implementation of the new national minimum wage in the universities despite Presidential directive that it be implemented by December 31, 2019.

A highly placed source close to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) told The Nation that the university workers are not happy they are yet to enjoy the minimum wage.

The source said: “Staff of all federal Universities across the country are yet to receive the new minimum wage. We are aware that others workers have been paid”.

Asked if it was only the Academic staff that have not been paid, he said none of the workers in the universities have been paid the minimum wage.

A lecturer in one of the federal universities in the north told The Nation that they also not been told why they have not been paid the minimum wage.

He said: “We have not been paid and we don’t know why. If they say it is because of IPPIS, what about other university workers that have enrolled on the scheme already. Why have they not been paid.

“We are holding meetings regarding the issue already and discussing the next step to take. Tell them to pay us our minimum wage because we go on strike again now, Nigerians will be shouting.”

He said the union may be forced to meet and take a stand on the non payment.

But President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof. Biodun Ogunyumi could not be reached for his comment as he did not answer calls put through to his phone.

However, his counterpart in the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, Comrade Samson Ugokwe, confirmed the development.

He attributed to the enrollment of university workers in the IPPIS scheme.

He said the enrollment lasted up to December 2019 but was quick to add that the new minimum wage is only a template for what salaries of university workers should be.


Group blast Atiku over owing foreign workers

Former Vice President and the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has been pilloried by the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) after reports that he was owing workers, local and foreign.

“Atiku’s failure to honour his agreement and pay these media contractors is just one straw in hay of his bad characters. It is also not the first time that he is in the news for failing to honour agreements with his staff, and not paying their salaries and allowances”, the group said.

In its statement, BMO challenged Atiku to show integrity, honour and discipline in his contractual relationships, either with individuals, groups or corporate entities.

The group said recent disavowals of Atiku by the staff of his communication company and consultants hired from foreign media companies do not portray Atiku as a man of integrity.

In the statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO said that it was responding to the multitude of petitions by former staff of Atiku Abubakar who alleged that the former Vice President had engaged them for media jobs, flown some of them into the country, but refused to honour his agreement to pay them, owing them months of salaries and allowances, and leaving many of them in serious debt.

BMO said that Atiku’s breach of the agreement with the media agents who he had engaged through his firm GOTEL, was dishonourable, adding that this is least expected of a man who sought to be Nigeria’s President.

“This particular matter reflects on his lack of good principles and his lack of integrity. Atiku has by this established that he does not keep his words. Thankfully, the wisdom of a majority of Nigerians prevailed, the enormity of an Atiku presidency that would have brought this kind of character to governance has been jettisoned.”

“This particular matter reflects on his lack of good principles and his lack of integrity. Atiku has by this established that he does not keep his words. Thankfully, the wisdom of a majority of Nigerians prevailed, the enormity of an Atiku presidency that would have brought this kind of character to governance has been jettisoned.”

The Buhari Media Organization went further to state that the former Vice President was seeking to be President to use the government’s resources to pay for his numerous debts and failed obligations.

“One of the reasons Atiku sought to be President was to open the treasury to fund his growing debts, and also enrich his friends who had provided him liquidation during his political sojourn. He, in fact, had promised to sell the country’s NNPC to his friends.”

The group commended Nigerians for standing with President Buhari and voting him en-masse in the 2019 elections, stating that President Buhari was a man of his words who would not fail to honour his covenant with the Nigerian people.

“President Buhari has shown, time without number, that he is a man of his words. He is a man of honour. We can assure Nigerians that the President does not just mean well for the people, he is bent on delivering on his promises, which he is already doing.”


Atiku owe his international workers

Former vice-president Atiku Abubakar faces the prospect of legal suits from former foreign workers of his Yola based Gotel Africa Media Limited over unpaid salaries, running into thousands of dollars.

The workers who were recruited from CNN, NPR, CNBC and other reputable networks between 2014 and 2015 accused Abubakar, of breaching a year’s contract they had with Gotel as consultants. They claimed they are owed several months of salaries, according to a report.

The affected persons include David Guinan, Ebong Udoma, William Chu, Devon Petley, Susie Iliyan, Teddy Vuong, Hannington Osodo, Kostas Sergiadis and Richard Spiropoulos.

Osodo in a demand notice sent to Atiku by the legal firm Olumide Aju, in 2017, demanded $38,100 as his outstanding salary. Atiku ignored the letter, according to reports.

According to the team, their mission was to launch an international news channel based in Abuja for Atiku but barely 10 months after they arrived Nigeria, they were forced to leave with major outstanding salaries despite having valid work visas issued by the Nigerian Government.

Narrating his ordeal, Chu revealed that all the promises made to them by Atiku’s company were never fulfilled.

“Before I left New York, John Chiahemen and Gary Alfonso gave me the rundown of what I’d be doing when I arrived.

“I was told that I’d be based in Abuja for a year. I was told that the project was fully funded, to the tune of several millions of United States dollars.

“I was told that we had a facility ready to build out and funds budgeted for equipment. None of this was true.”

Guinan, who was hired in 2014 to act as Gotel’s Director of Television and Digital Media, said, “I was told to bring my family, my wife and our baby girl, who wasn’t even two years old at the time.

“My contract promised a three-bedroom house in Abuja and a driver. From the moment we landed almost nothing promised was delivered.

“We were immediately placed in substandard accommodations, a motel and unfriendly staff.”

Osodo from Kenya and former producer with Reuters, said, “I lost most of my belongings due to indebtedness.

“My house was repossessed by the bank because of delayed payments by Gotel.

Former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku

“By the way, I couldn’t make the payments for months because I had banked on the contract I signed that bore the name and bond of Abubakar Atiku.”

NobleReporters culled that Atiku’s media aide Paul Ibe did not respond to the demands by the ex-workers.


Delta State workers to receive N30,000 minimum wage January – Chiedu Ebie

The Delta State Government has reached an agreement with the organised labour on the new national minimum wage of N30,000 for workers in the state.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Chiedu Ebie, who is the Chairman of the Negotiation Committee disclosed this on Friday after signing the minimum wage documents on behalf of the state government.

Ebie said the implementation of the minimum wage would commence from November 1, 2019.

He added that the state government would commence payment from January and pay the arrears of the new minimum wage with the January and February salaries.

The SSG gave an assurance that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa would continue to prioritise the welfare of workers in the state.

According to him, the governor is passionate about workers’ wellbeing and enjoins the state workforce to reciprocate the government gesture by redoubling their commitment to their duties.


Ebie thanked both the government and the labour teams for their resilience in making the outcome of the negotiations fruitful.

In his response, the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Delta, Goodluck Ofobruku, commended the state government for its transparency towards the smooth conclusion of the negotiation exercise.


Fear as After sacking 200 workers in Ekiti University, another plot to sack 10000+ workers raise.

Barely four days to the sacking of 200 workers of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, there is palpable tension in Ekiti State over another alleged plot by the state government to sack more 10,000 of its core workforce.

The mass disengagement, according to a source in Office of the Head of Service, who spoke with The Nation on condition of anonymity, will cut across all the government’s tertiary institutions, Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the state.

This was coming barely a month after over 900 staff of the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti were sacked and four days after 200 workers of the institution’s Teaching Hospital were also laid off for alleged certificate forgery, irregular appointments and other sundry allegations.

It was learnt that the affected workers were those in Ekiti State College of Education, Ikere Ekiti, Ekiti State Local Government Service Commission (NULGE), Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State, Ekiti State Water Corporation, Ekiti School of Health technology, Ijero Ekiti, Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Primary School Teacher, Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) Secondary School Teachers ,Hospital Management Board, among others.

The source said the government’s alleged moves was based on the reports of the various visitation panels to the institutions, which was accepted by the government and later released as white paper.

“There is no doubt that government was planning to sack over 10000 workers. Even the process has reached the hatching stage. So, in the next few days the affected workers would be laid off,” she said.

Meanwhile, the organised labour in Ekiti
has petitioned Governor Kayode Fayemi to express its displeasure and outright disapproval over what it called “arbitrary sack of its members”.

The labour unions added said that most disturbing was the rumour milling rounds that the gale of sack, which had hit the Ekiti State University(EKSU) and Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), will blow across all government’s tertiary institutions, Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

The Chairman, Trade Union Congress, Ekiti chapter, Com. Sola Adigun, said the labour deemed the letter highly expedient , owing to insinuation that Governor Fayemi was not aware of the mass sack in EKSU and EKSUTH.

The letter dated January 3, 2020 and addressed to Governor Fayemi, was jointly signed by the Secretary, Nigeria Labour Congress, Com Taiwo Akinyemi, his counterpart in the Trade Union Congress, Com. Lawrence Kuloogun and Joint Negotiating Council’s Scribe, Com.Gbenga Olowoyo.

The letter read partly: “It is informative to bring to the notice of your esteemed office that the recent sacking scenario happenings around various sectors is not only worrisome but also called for serious attention because of the image that the developments is attracting to our dear state as well as the government of the day.

“For instance, information at the disposal of Organized Labour leadership as well as in the public domain indicated that those that were sacked, disengaged or compulsorily retired did not follow due process.

“Also, it is very disheartening to inform your Excellency that some workers that have four, three and two years were caught up in the web of this ugly development which is not in the best interest of entire workforce and generality of Ekitis.

“It is beyond our comprehension that one Mr. Femi Adeleye Daniel a staff in the Porter Departmental of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) was allegedly given compulsory retirement, vide a letter with reference EKSUTH/A/982 dated 24th December 2019, because of his involvement in the mobilization of workers for workers’ congress meeting held at the Teaching Hospital premises”.

It added that flowing from the above, the organized Labour is seriously concerned with information milling rounds that the current sacking, compulsory and untimely retirement of workers, is a whirlwind that will soon blow across the entire workforce in the state.

“We don’t want to believe the rumors peddling around that the state government want to have mass disengagement of workers that have two or three more years in the Public Service of Ekiti State.

“There is no gainsaying the fact that some workers who were unjustly dismissed/ retired by the past administration but were reinstated by your administration which further buttress your good dispositions not only to workers but also to humanity; rather, it will be irony of life that similar things are now happening under your administration”.

The labour said it was sad and worrisome, that the action would be undertaken at the Ekiti School of Health technology, Ijero Ekiti, Ekiti State College of Education, Ikere Ekiti, Ekiti State Local Government Service Commission (NULGE), Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State, Ekiti State Water Corporation , Ekiti State Electricity Board, Ekiti State Housing Corporation, Core Civil Service; Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), among others.

“Arising from the above, these developments have started causing disquietedness and uneasy calm among the workforce in Ekiti which requires Mr. Governor’s quick and fatherly intervention. It is expedient and imperative to remind His Excellency of his commitment that he will not allow anything untowards to affect the workforce in Ekiti State and you promised during your inaugural speech “that you are back as an healing balm on a painful wound”.

The labour stated further: “it is on the strength of the above commitment that the leadership of the organized labour is hereby calling your attention to the above information in respect of Ekiti State University, (EKSU) and Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti (EKSUTH) for your quick intervention to put a stop to these ugly trends so as not to give your administration and Ekiti State a bad name in the comity of States in Nigeria.

“It is unimaginable that management of any Governmental institution(s) could contemplate to give sack letters as Christmas and New Year gift to breadwinners. This is killing”, the labour concluded.

When contacted, the Commissioner of Information, Chief Muyiwa Olumilua said he could neither confirm nor deny the alleged plot to sack more workers.

“Well, I have no information to that effect. Although I also heard about the rumors but I can’t confirm nor deny it. I don’t know the true position. If I have any information I will let you know,” he said.


Delta: We are suffering and dying – Retired workers cried out.

Retirees in Delta State under the umbrella of Delta State Association of Contributory Retirees, have said they are dying of hunger following the inability of the state government to pay their pension benefits due them.

Addressing a press conference in Asaba, the state capital, Chairman of the association, Isaiah Agbaka, represented by his vice, Anthony Osanekwu, appealed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to save their souls from penury and untimely death by paying their pension benefits based.

He said, “We are also crying to the world to assist us to plead with the state government to have a human face and hear our demand of paying pension benefits. So many of our members have died as a result of non-payment that has led to starvation among others.

“All pension reform acts both federal and Delta State stipulates expressly that a worker upon retirement should not earn less than 50 per cent of his last salary before retirement. The current payment based on N7,500 has placed us at a disadvantaged position.

“We are vehemently opposed to and reject the inclusion of Governor Okowa’s aides, Syvester Monye and Kingsley Emu, in the present committee.

“The constant involvement of these individuals and setting up of several committees tend to portray an element of government gimmicks of circumventing the payment of N18,000 harmonised pension.

“The state government should invite PENCOM to the committee as well as the two actuarial valuers to put an end to this issue of harmonised pension.”

The retirees urged Governor Okowa to involve NLC, JNC, TUC and ACR in the present committee since they were part of the committee that submitted the acceptable working report of the moment.


NUPENG react as Chevron sack workers in warri.

Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers on Wednesday picketed the premises of Chevron in Warri, Delta State, over the sack of some workers.

According to reports, the decision to terminate the workers’ appointments was based on their decision to join the oil union and fight for better working conditions and welfare.

National Public Relation Officer, Cojent Ojobo, said that the company resorted to intimidation since the workers opted for unionisation to fight for their rights. NobleReporters learnt

He said, “The picketing is in reaction to the inhuman sacking of our members on New Year’s eve by Chevron Nigeria Limited. Two of the workers are currently receiving treatment for trauma.

“My prayer is that we do not get instructions to stop loading of fuel as well as its distribution.”

The said workers have remained contract staff for over 20 years, according to findings by our correspondent.


Update: Electricity Workers Demands Law Of Jurisdiction.

…why embarking on the strike was wrong.

The Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) has urged the Ministry of Power to implement the law on the membership of its junior counterpart, the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE).

It also said the suspended strike of NUEE was illegal, because precedence was not followed.

The union said it had written the ministry of labour and employment, as well as the minister of power, stating why embarking on the strike was wrong.

SSAEAC President, Chris Okonkwo, told reporters in Lagos that the union also wrote a letter to the permanent secretary of the ministry of power on the issue.

“Our junior counterpart has taken over our members under the guise that they are senior staff and by that taken over 70 per cent of our revenue,” he said.

The Ministry of Labour had clarified the jurisdiction as provided in Third Schedule of the Trade Union Acts CAP. T14.

It explained that the case was similar to that of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) and the Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU), which was settled in court.

It said non-professional and non-stop administrative staff belong to NUEE, while civil service qualifications for senior staff are a minimum of OND or NCE or bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.

The exception, the letter stated, were those who joined the unions as non-professionals and who wish to remain in that position after being promoted to the senior rank.

The SSAEAC president said the union had laid out the points and demanded the implementation of union membership.

“All staff records are expected to be reviewed using their qualification status, and ranks and placed in the correct union membership and appropriate deductions made and remitted,” he said.

Okonkwo noted that SSAEAC was not against the unity of the two unions, but lamented that such efforts had often been frustrated by NUEE members.

He said: “We are committed to team up as a body in the power sector to fight the battle and confront the challenges together, but that must be based on proper commitment and not just a mere information as it happened during the strike by NUEE.

“We will take up the challenges presented to us on how we can work and fight our battles together.”


{Video} Bayelsa communes hold shell workers hostage.

Members of Benesede community in Bayelsa state have allegedly held some staff of Shell Petroleum Company in the state, hostage.

A media reader whose brother in-law is a staff of the company, sent in a video purportedly showing the aggrieved community members staging a protest within the facility owned by the oil corporation on Thursday evening December 19th.

She said her brother in-law whose phones have since switched off, is currently being held alongside his other colleagues. According to her, the company is yet to rescue her in-law or others held hostage.


Ekiti set to implement minimum wage for workers

The Ekiti Government, on Thursday, assured trade union leaders in the state that government would implement the minimum wage for civil servants, as agreed by the negotiation committee.

The Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Kayode Fayemi on Labour Matters, Mr Oluyemi Esan, NobleReporters learnt in Ado-Ekiti, that workers should expect a better deal from government in 2020.

“Since the governor has approved the composition of the negotiation committee, the next thing is for the committee to begin negotiation within soonest and he promised to implement the outcome to the letter”.

‎The governor’s aide stated that the state Head of Service (HoS), Mr Ayodeji Ajayi, had proposed regular meetings with the trade unions to build a stronger relationship between labour and government.

The state Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Kolapo Olatunde; Chairman, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mr Olusola Adigun and Chairman, Joint Negotiation Council (JNC) Mr Kayode Fatomiluyi, corroborated the governor’s aide in the same development.

They lauded the state governor for initiating the meeting, saying it would ‎bridge the communication gap between labour and government.


90,000+ University workers captured.

Over 90,000 university workers have been captured under Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPS).

Director IPPIS in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation Mr. Olufehinti Olusegun told The Nation that the process of capturing university staff (lecturers included) is ongoing.

According to him: “There is a process which is still ongoing when, we finish capturing, there are processes we must follow; do data cleansing, from data cleansing to pay rolling.”

After pay rolling, the IPPIS team, he said, will review the wild data collected to determine if there is anybody who is not supposed to be on the payroll.

“We don’t publish wild data from the field to prepare the payroll it has to be reviewed to be sure it meets certain criteria,” he said.

With regards to what will happen to university staff not captured under IPPIS, Olusegun said he had no idea what fate awaits them.

He said: “We will cross the bridge when we get there. I don’t know their fate, I only know the people that are on the platform.

“I can only speak for people that have been captured it is beyond me to know if they will be paid their December salary the government will do what it has to do when the time comes.”

He however assured that government is “not at war with ASSU, the consultation is ongoing we will keep on letting them realise the importance of coming on board. It is for their good. Many of them seem to have realized that the federal government is their paymaster.”

The Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPS) is a computerised Human Resource Management Information System that is being implemented in Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Local Governments (MDAs & LGs) to perform various human resource functions.

IPPIS Secretariat is responsible for payment of salaries and wages directly to Government employee’s bank account with appropriate deductions and remittances of third party payments such as; Federal Inland Revenue Service; State Boards of Internal Revenue; National Health Insurance Scheme; National Housing Fund; Pension Fund Administrator; Cooperative Societies; Trade Unions Dues; Association Dues and Bank Loans.

The benefits of IPPIS include: a centralized payment of salaries and allowances; ensuring convenience and prompt payment of remuneration; and aiding manpower planning and budgeting as well as ascertaining the actual emolument of Federal Government personnel at anytime in point.

However, university lecturers have kicked against being captured under the centralised payroll platform


Two jumia workers arrested.

…alleged N3.8million theft

Two workers of Jumia Nigeria alleged to have stolen N3.8 million from the company were on Tuesday docked before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

Olatunde Temitope, 23; and Lawal Akinkunmi, 23; are being tried for conspiracy and stealing.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Victor Eruade, told the court that the offences were committed between March and July 2019 at a Jumia branch on Adeniji Jones, Ikeja.

Eruade alleged that the money was found to be missing during the audit of the company’s accounts.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs M. I. Dan-Oni, admitted the defendants to bail in the sun of N500,000 each with two sureties in like sum.

Dan-Oni adjourned the case until Jan. 13 for mention.