Bendel Flour Mill Staff Drag AMCON To Court Over Unpaid Salaries

STAFFERS of Bendel Feed and Floor Mill, BFFM, Ewu, in Edo State have dragged the management of the company and the Assets Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON, before the National Industrial Court, Akure, Ondo State, over unpaid salaries and gratuities. It will be recalled that AMCON took over Bendel Feed and Floor Mill and appointed a receiver, who sold the company to meet its financial obligations without paying the workers their emoluments.

The workers in the suit by James Otokunrin, Victor Ebohon for themselves and former workers of BFFM against the Receiver; M.I. Igbokwe, AMCON and the new owners, Prime Feed and Flour Mill Ltd, want the court to grant a “mareva injunction” directing the Receiver “to disclose the bank account in which he paid the money paid by Prime Feed for the acquisition of BFFM.”

The workers also want the court to restrain the Receiver from disbursing the said money in any form pending the determination of the substantive suit. They said that the money paid by Prime Feed was meant to pay the outstanding claims of the former staff and others that the BFFM were indebted to.

According to the suit, the workers are pleading with the court to declare that they as former staff of the company, the are entitled “to their terminal benefits namely; accumulated salaries for three years of service, leave and transport grants, medical allowances and gratuity for the period they served Bendel Feed and Flour Mill Limited, Ewu, computed in accordance with the conditions and service of staff of Bendel Feed and Flour Mill Ltd, prior to the receivership organised by the 2nd defendant.” The workers also want the court to stop the 1st and 2nd defendants from disbursing money paid by the 3rd defendant for the takeover of the company until all their entitlements were paid.