A recent report has shown that Nigerian judges, chief justice and other judicial officers gulp N33.47 billion as annual remuneration. The recent report has revealed the salaries and allowances earned by the chief justice of Nigeria and other judicial officers. The report also said that the chief justice of Nigeria and the judicial officers have gulped a whooping N33.47 billion as salaries and allowances in one year. Some Nigerian judges.
The report released by the Economic Confidential, a financial magazine shows that CJN, federal and state judicial officers have in the past one year received a total of N33.47 billion as salaries and allowances. The report also included the regular and non-regular allowances – vehicle maintenance and fuel, personal assistants, domestic staff, entertainment, utilities allowances, hardship allowance, outfit and newspapers allowances – for 934 judicial officers in Nigeria.
It also showed that while the CJN receives an annual salary of N3.36 million, he or she is to be provided with vehicle maintenance and fueling, domestic staff, entertainment, utilities and newspapers just like the president of the country. The chief justice of Nigeria is also entitled to receive 25 % of his annual basic salary, this percentage is reserved for personal assistant and outfit each at N840,993.13. The CJN also receives 50% of his annual basic salary which N1,681,986.25 as hardship allowance, likewise allowances for furniture, annual leave, severance gratuity and vehicle loan at 10%, 300% and 400% of his annual leave respectively. Furthermore, his duty tour allowance is fixed at N50,000 and $2000 per night for local and foreign travels.
However, other officials like justices of the Supreme Court and the president of the Court of Appeal are all placed on N2.47 million annual salary while the a justice of the appellate court, chief judge of the Federal High Court, chief judge of the Federal Capital Territory, Judge of the FHC, the president of the National Industrial Court, grand Khadi of the sharia courts and it appeal court and their colleagues in the customary courts are on an annual salary of N1.99 million. Then for the judges of the Federal High Court, National Industrial Court, FCT High Court, State High Courts, FCT Sharia Court of Appeal, FCT Customary Court of Appeal, Khadi state Sharia Court of Appeal and State Customary Court of Appeal all earn N1.80 million annually. For the judges, aside the Chief Justice of Nigeria, they receive 75% of their annual salaries as vehicle maintenance and fuelling, 25% for personal assistant, 50% as hardship allowance, 75% for domestic staff and 45% for entertainment. Other allowances received are 30% of their annual salaries as for utilities, 25% for outfit and 15% for newspapers.
The judges also get 200% for accommodation once a year, 300% of annual salary for furniture, 10% for annual leave, 300% as severance gratuity and 400% for vehicle loan which is however optional for non-regular allowances. All the justices of the Supreme Court and the president of the Court of Appeal are entitled to N35,000.00 and $1300 per night as duty tour allowance within and outside the country respectively. Also, justices of the Court of Appeal, Chief Judge of Federal High Court, Chief Judge of the FCT, Judge of the Federal High Court, President of the National Industrial Court, Grand Khadi of the FCT Sharia Court of Appeal, President FCT Customary Court of Appeal, Chief Judge of States, Grand Khadi state Sharia Court of Appeal and President state Customary Court of Appeal all have N30,000 as duty tour allowances each within the country and $1,100 as estacode. Other judges outside the above are entitled to N25,000.00 as duty tour allowances per night within the country and $800 for estacode when they travel out of the country per night.