Each of the Supreme Court Justices in Nigeria is now to earn at least N10 million monthly salary, going by the order of Justice Osatohanmwen Obaseki-Osaghae of the National Industrial Court, Abuja on Friday.
Obaseki-Osaghae in making the order, directed the Federal Government to put machinery in place for the immediate review of the salaries and allowances of the judicial officers in Nigeria, as the current pay package of judicial officers in the country is not only abysmally low but embarrassing.
To this end, the court ordered the government to commence a monthly payment of N10 million to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), N9 million to other justices of the apex court; President of the Court of Appeal, N9 million while other justices of the appellate court N8 million, Chief Judges of both Federal and States HIgh Courts N8 million, while judges of the federal and states High Courts N7 million.
The judge held that refusal of the government to review the judicial officers’ salaries and allowances for 14 years was unconstitutional, unlawful, and should be compelled to do the needful.
Obaseki-Osaghae lamented that it is unfortunate that justices and judges who are ministers in the temple of justice have become victims of injustice in the country.