Senate Expresses Worry Over Non-Payment Of Judges

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The Senate says it was disappointing that Judges of federal courts have not received their salaries for the past four months.

This was made known by the Deputy Senate Leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah who raised a point of order during Tuesday’s plenary.

Na’Allah said such a development was worrisome giving the anti-corruption disposition of the federal government and the important role of the judiciary in the anti-graft campaign.

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He urged the Senate to as a matter of urgency look into the issue.In his remark, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu who presided over plenary said the situation was worrisome.

“This is very worrisome if it is true. We should not put our judges in the situation whereby they are tempted to receive gratification from litigants,” he said.

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Ekweremadu noted that the budget of the judiciary was included in the first line charge to ensure prompt and regular payment of their salaries and allowances.

The Deputy Senate President subsequently mandated the committees on Finance and Judiciary to investigate the issue and ensure that the judges are paid their salaries between now and next week Monday.

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