ABUJA—The Supreme Court, yesterday, said there was no truth in the allegation that it operates a secret account from which its Justices, including the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, benefited from illegal withdrawal of funds.2016_11large_2016_10large_onnoghen_jsc

The apex court, via a press statement by its Director, Press and Information, Dr. Akande Festus, maintained that salaries and allowances paid to its Justices were “either provided for or alluded to in the Certain Political, Public and Judicial Office Holders [Salaries and Allowances, etc.] [Amendment] Act, 2008.

It stated that the 2008 Amendment Act, among other things, made provisions for upward review of the annual basic salaries, allowances and fringe benefits of the Justices, adding that all approvals by the previous CJNs regarding allowances of apex court Justices, were in tandem with provisions of the Act and other extant laws. It said the last approval which is still in operation, was done on July 13, 2010, through an Internal Memo with Ref. No. CJN/JAF/39/7. In its bid to set the record straight, the apex court, revealed that its Justices individually collect the sum of $23, 400 as estacode per annum, as well as another £10, 000 as medical allowances.

According to the Supreme Court, “the pegging of this annual medical fee at £10,000 was a product of high discretion and commendable financial prudence to guard against a situation where varying medical bills that could even be as high as £50,000 or more would be submitted for reimbursement.”

It said contrary to “erroneous reports” being fed to the public, lawyers working at the Supreme Court were only paid N400, 000 Barrister Annual Robbing Allowance, while the Deputy Chief Registrars collect N500, 000.

Besides, the apex court said it was imperative but “saddening” for it to reveal to the world, that the CJN who steers affairs of the Nigerian judiciary, earns less than N500,000 per month. It decried that monthly salary of the CJN, “is far less than what a Personal Assistant to someone else somewhere earns.”

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