Fact Check: Salaries of Nigerian judges and other office holders

President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, on Monday disclosed the  alary structure in the Nigerian judiciary.

She said the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), who is the head of the judiciary in Nigeria, as at today takes home N279, 497 as monthly salary, an equivalent of $680.

 

Other justices on the Supreme Court bench go home with the sum of N206,425 or $502.

She said as President of the Court of Appeal, she receives the sum of N206,425 or $502.

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Other justices on the bench of the Court of Appeal, go home with N166,285 or $404 every month.

Dongban-Mensem said the salaries, minus allowances, of judicial officers have stagnated for over 10 years.

But she didn’t get right the years of stagnation.

Also, her statement was not entirely true

The last time salaries of judicial and political office holders were reviewed was in 2008.

That is a clear 13 years, three years more than the estimate by Dongban-Mensem.

Also, she only provided the basic salaries of the judicial officers, which, in any way are mischevous in an economy ravaged by inflation and exchange rate 300 percent more than it was at the time of the last review.

As published by the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission(RMAFC), the CJN takes home N560,662, about $1,000 at the unofficial exchange rate.

While his basic pay is N280,331.04, he also earns N70, 082 as personal assistant allowance, N140,165 as hardship allowance and N70,082 as dressing allowance.

For a country that references itself as the biggest economy in Africa, it is sheer absurdity for the CJN to earn $1,000 a month or $12,000 a year, when his South African counterpart earns R 2.9million or $196,000 a year.

Also the salary of other justices in the Supreme Court and the President of the Court of Appeal is much higher than the N206,425 which Justice Monica claimed.

The N206,425 is the monthly basic pay.

The take home pay for this category of judicial officers is N486,765.95.

This is acccording to PM news

However, other judicial officers like judges of Court of Appeal, FCT chief judge, President National Industrial Court take home more money than the CJN or President Court of Appeal.

They earn a total of N731,657.65 monthly, on the back of many allowances. Under government policy, they have to pay for their own accommodation, pay for domestic aides and service their vehicles themselves.

The government provides official accommodation and vehicles for the senior judicial officers and monetises such perks for other officers

source: PM NEWS



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