Lawyer sues Nigerian government over ‘low salaries’ of judges

A lawyer, Sebastian Hon, has sued the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the National Judicial Council (NJC) on the “low salaries” of Nigerian judges. In September 2021, the president of the Court of Appeals, Monica Dongban-Mensem, appealed to the federal government to revise the salaries of judges upwards. He lamented that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), who heads the judiciary, earns only N279,497 as a monthly salary, while his colleagues on the bench of the Supreme Court go home with a monthly payment of N206. 425. The president of the Court of Appeal revealed that she receives the sum of N206,425, while other judges of the Court of Appeal go home with N166,285 every month. Costume Mr. Hon, Senior Counsel for Nigeria, seeks an order from the National Industrial Tribunal of Nigeria (NICN) compelling Defendants (AGF, NJC, National Assembly, and Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC)) to increase wages. and diets of the judges of the country. The complainant noted that the highest paid judicial officer in the country, the CJN, currently earns around N3.4 million per year, well below what such an officer earns in other countries. Ms. Dongban-Mensem corroborated Mr. Hon’s statement when she said that the salary structure of judicial officers and staff in Nigeria has been systematically misclassified compared to that of their counterparts in Commonwealth countries. monday proceedings The National Assembly, on Monday, asked the court to allow an out-of-court settlement in the lawsuit filed against her and three others, questioning the low salaries of judicial officials in the country. Parliament through its lawyer, Charles Yoila, told the judge, Osatohanmwen Obaseki-Osagie, that the institution is interested in resolving the dispute amicably. Yiola told the judge that the National Assembly would have opted for an early resolution of the dispute had it not been for the strike started by parliamentary workers. But Adegboyega Awomolo, a Senior Advocate for Nigeria (SAN), who led 33 other SANs, tried to argue the citation of origin in the lawsuit Mr. However, the hearing could not proceed due to the absence of the RMAFC, AGF and NJC, who had no legal representation. In a ruling, the judge, Ms. Obaseki-Osagie, adjourned the matter until June 22 for a settlement report by the parties in the matter. Leading advocates in attendance included Kanu Agabi, Mike Ozekhome, Mr Hon, Godwin Obla, Emeka Ngige, Hassan Liman, Tawo Tawo, Emeka Etiaba, Paul Ogbole, Henry Akunebu, Audu Anuga and John Asoluka. Mr. Hon, who instituted, the lawsuit is asking the court to compel the defendants to increase the salaries and allowances of judges in the country. In court filings, Mr. Hon stated that, as a lawyer, “who has practiced at all levels of the courts in Nigeria, I know that the poor pay of judicial officers is severely affecting the quality of judgments and rulings they render and The dismissal. of other functions associated with their positions.” He argued that the current economic reality of the country requires that the salaries and benefits of the nation’s judges be urgently improved. Mr. Hon, who quoted what all judicial officers currently earn as provided in Part IIB of the Schedule for certain political, public and judicial office holders (salaries and allowances, etc.) Amendment to the 2008 Act, he said the paltry sums have discouraged him from aspiring to become a judge. He noted that it has been approximately 14 years since judges’ salaries and allowances were last revised upwards in 2008 despite the naira losing value against other global currencies such as the US dollar, British pound sterling and the European currency. Euro of the Union (EU), etc. “In November 2008, when the amended Act was in force, the exchange rate between the naira and the US dollar was N117.74 per USD1. “The naira has considerably lost its value over time; but judicial officers in Nigeria have been placed on the same salary scale for up to 12 years, that is, since 2008,” he said. Prayers Mr. Hon asks the court for a “declaration that…it is unconstitutional” for the RMAFC “to refuse or refuse to revise upwards the salaries and allowances of judicial officers despite changing local and international socio-economic realities.” “. The plaintiff wants an order compelling the defendants to immediately activate measures to urgently review the salary of judicial officials, raising that of the CJN to a minimum of N12 million per month, N11 million for other Supreme Court judges and the president of the Court of Appeals; N10 million for other judges of the Court of Appeals, the presiding judge of the Federal High Court and the president of the National Labor Court (NIC). Mr. Hon also wants the court to force the defendants to increase the minimum monthly salary of an NIC judge to N9 million; N8 million for chief judges of the High Court of the states and the Federal Capital Territory, while all other judges are entitled to N7 million. It also seeks an order compelling the RMAFC or any other body assigned responsibilities, “to, in perpetuity, review and continue to undertake and carry out, in conjunction with the 3rd accused (AGF), an annual review or a maximum of two years. annual review of the salaries and allowances of the judicial officers listed above, with a view to ensuring that said salaries and emoluments are realistic and commensurate with the positions and duties attached to/performed by said positions.” SEE: Governor Yahaya Bello’s roadmap to Hope 2023 Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Lawyer sues Nigerian government over ‘low salaries’ of judges