Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State a few days ago claimed that he’s only owing civil servants in the state 3-4 months salaries while workers in the state claimed it’s more than that.
A few hours ago, report from the Confluence State says another worker Fatimah Noah, a staff of Magistrate Court 11, reportedly slumped and died.
The real cause of her death is medically unknown, but insiders say she died of depression as a result of the failure of Yahaya Bello to pay her salaries.
It was gathered that the state government is owing judiciary workers nine months salaries. They just suspended their five-month-old strike, following assurance from the state government that their outstanding salaries would be paid.
InfomediaNG gathered that Mrs Noah, a widow, popularly known as Mama Danlandi, slumped and died at 8.pm on Thursday in her residence in Lokoja, over a yet-to-be-established illness.
An eyewitness said she resumed work last Monday with her colleagues after JUSUN called off its 5-month-old strike, after National Judicial Council (NJC) resolved the trade dispute between the judiciary and Kogi State government.
She had been coming to the office without any medical complaint, it was gathered.
According to one of her colleagues, late Mama Danladi was in the office last Thursday; she did not betray any emotion of a sickness or any form of discomfort, until she closed and left for home.
A family source said since her husband died years ago, the burden of taking care of her family had heavily weighed her down, but her plight became compounded when her salary was not paid close to a year.
“Mama Danladi was not paid any salary for the past one year; she was a widow with children in tertiary institutions; she was said to be trying to borrow the sum of N20,000 three days ago to address some pressing needs of one of her sons in school without success,” a source said.
Her remains had been taken to her hometown, Idah, and burried according to Islamic rites.
She was born on November 18, 1973.
At the time of this report, Kogi State government hasn’t reacted.
May her soul rest in peace.