The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed has said that his monthly salary is N480, 766.89, while other justices of the Supreme Court get N751, 000 monthly. The reason he receives less that them is because the federal government takes care of his other monetary and material provisions like food, according to a statement by his media aide, Ahuraka Yusuf Isah.
He was responding to a widely circulated report by the Economic Confidential magazine that 934 judicial officers in the country “have in the last one year guzzled a total of N33.47 billion as emoluments and other allowances.”
The CJN said that there are actually 1,062 judicial officers at the federal and state levels on the payroll of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and they earn the sum of N8.7 billion as salaries and allowances per annum.
According to the statement, while N2, 256, 351, 435.33 was paid to the 248 federal judicial officers, including the Chief Justice of Nigeria in 2015, N6, 398, 303, 106.64 was paid as salaries and allowances to 814 state judicial officers.
The 248 federal judicial officers comprise the Chief Justice of Nigeria, other justices of the Supreme Court, President of the Court of Appeal, other justices of the Court of Appeal and justices of the Federal High Court, Federal Capital Territory High Court, National Industrial Court, Sharia Court of Appeal and Customary Court of Appeal and their heads.
The 814 state judicial officers include 70 heads of courts and 744 judicial officers.
“By virtue of the certain political, public and judicial office holders (salaries and allowances) Amendment Act 2008, CJN’s annual basic salary is N3, 353, 972. 50 while other justices of the Supreme Court receive N2, 477, 110.00 as basic annual salary or N206, 425.83 monthly.
“These earnings are exclusive of tax. By the time other allowances are posted, the CJN and other Justices of the Supreme Court receive monthly salary alert of N480, 766.89 and N751, 000 in their bank accounts respectfully.
“The CJN’s net monthly salary is even lower than his brother Justices because of deductions made on account of other monetary and material provisions such as food items, which are provided to him by the Federal Government.”