SOTONYE DENTON WEST, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an appeal against the decision of the Kwara State High Court of Justice (hereby referred to as the lower court) delivered on 1/6/09 by Hon. Justice E.B. Mohammed, in which the claimants were the appellants and the defendants, respondents.
The appellants on behalf of 9,024 Kwara State accredited pensioners sought for the following declarations and orders:
1. A DECLARATION that the defendants or any of their agents or assigns cannot validly withhold or alter the Claimants pensions and gratuities to their disadvantage, as such withholding act of the claimants pensions and gratuities arrears is in contravention of section 10 of the Kwara State Pensions and Gratuities Law, 2008.
2. A DECLARATION that the unilateral stoppage, non-payment and deduction of 50 percent of Kwara State 9,030 accredited pensioners N1.68billion pensions and gratuities arrears in contravention of section 210 of the Constitution of the Federal Rep…