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National judicial officers earn N8.7b yearly, says CJN

By Bridget Chiedu Onochie, Abuja   |   07 October 2016   |   5:27 am
Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed has refuted recent media reports on judicial officers’ salaries.

The statement by the Media Aide to the CJN, Ahuraka Yusuf Isah yesterday said that a total of 1, 062 judicial officers, both at the federal and state levels are on the payroll of the National Judicial Council (NJC).

According to the statement, while N2, 256, 351, 435.33 was paid to the 248 federal judicial officers, including the Chief Justice of Nigeria in 2015, N6, 398, 303, 106.64 was paid as salaries and allowances to 814 state judicial officers.

“In other words, both federal and state judicial officers earn the sum of N8.7 billion as salaries and allowances per annum in Nigeria,” he said.

A further breakdown showed that the 248 judicial officers comprise the Chief Justice of Nigeria, other justices of the Supreme Court, President of the Court of Appeal, other justices of the Court of Appeal and justices of the Federal High Court, Federal Capital Territory High Court, National Industrial Court, Sharia Court of Appeal and Customary Court of Appeal and their heads.

Also, the 814 state judicial officers include 70 heads of courts and 744 judicial officers.

The statement continued: “By virtue of the certain political, public and judicial office holders (salaries and allowances) Amendment Act 2008, CJN’s annual basic salary is N3, 353, 972. 50 while other justices of the Supreme Court receive N2, 477, 110.00 as basic annual salary or N206, 425.83 monthly.

“These earnings are exclusive of tax. By the time other allowances are posted, the CJN and other Justices of the Supreme Court receive monthly salary alert of N480, 766.89 and N751, 000 in their bank accounts respectfully.

“The CJN’s net monthly salary is even lower than his brother Justices because of deductions made on account of other monetary and material provisions such as food items, which are provided to him by the Federal Government.”

Meanwhile, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (AGF), Abubakar Malami, has advised state Attorney General and Commissioners of Justice in the country to prosecute criminal cases within their respective jurisdictions.

Malami, who announced this yesterday at a meeting with the Body of Attorneys General of the 36 states of the federation said it was to ensure accelerated dispensation of criminal matters as well as reduce the number of awaiting trial inmates (AWT) at different detention centres.

The AGF said the meeting held in Abuja was to adopt the proposed National Policy on Prosecution, Code of Conduct for Prosecutors.

In his remarks, Malami equally explained that the adoption of the policy documents and the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015 by states would promote effective and efficient criminal justice administration. It would also remove impediments to speedy dispensation of justice, protect the society from crimes and protect the rights and interest of defendants, victims and the society at large.

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