The current salaries and allowances of judicial officers in the country is not only abysmally low but embarrassing.
Justice Osatohanmwen Obaseki-Osaghae of the National Industrial Court, sitting in Abuja ordered the Federal Government to put machinery in place for the immediate review of the salaries and allowances of the judicial officers in Nigeria.
Justice Obaseki-Osaghae made the pronouncement while delivering judgment in a suit instituted against the Federal Government by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Sebastine Hon.
The court ordered the Federal Government to commence a monthly payment of N10 million to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, N9 million to other justices of the apex court.
President of Court of Appeal is to earn N9 million while other justices of the appellate court get N8 million.
The order asked that the Chief Judges of both Federal and States High Courts be paid N8 million while judges of the Federal and States High Courts earn N7 million monthly.
The judge held that the 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.
Justice Obaseki-Osaghae, stated that it is unfortunate that justices and judges who are ministers in the temple of Justice have become victims of injustice in the country.