Abuja - Investigations by detectives have revealed huge cash payments to Supreme Court Justices, members of the management and staff of the apex court, Nation reports.
The payments were reportedly done through a secret account with outrageous allowances paid to the judiciary outside the approved allowance by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).
The allowances include cash for justices and management staff during festivities, especially Easter, Christmas, Ramadan and Eid-el Kabir.
The breakdown of what the past and present CJN and Justices have been receiving since 2009 is as follows: Salary—N750 000 (paid into account of each Justice); N750 000 monthly subsidy—(payment in cash); N950 000 quarterly subsidy (payment in cash); £10 000 (estacode) for trips (payment in cash); $25 000 (medical fees yearly (payment in cash); Unspecified payment for Business Class to them and spouses in cash depending on airline; $750 per night for number of days abroad in cash; N350 000 cash as welfare for each of the festivities (Easter, Christmas, Ramadan, Eid-el-Kabir); Chief Registrar—N700 000 as robe allowance; N200 000 for each of the festivities (in cash); and other lawyers—N500 000 as yearly dress allowance (In cash).
But the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Ahmed Gambo Saleh has denied involvement in any fraud or sharp practices in the apex court.
He said he was never involved in any bribe deal or in the management of Operation Account.
Angry protesters had last month stormed the Supreme Court of Nigeria to protest against the decision of the National Judicial Commission not to compel judges currently under investigation over allegations of corruption from stepping down according to News24.
They are demanding that all judges arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) step aside pending the outcome of their trials in court.
- News 24