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CJN should improve welfare of justices now – Ozekhome

Justice Tanko Muhammad

Justice Tanko Muhammad

Human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), has urged that the Chief Justice of the Federation, Muhammad Tanko to improve the welfare of apex court justices in Nigeria.

Premium Politics had reported that the Supreme Court justices protested poor welfare which the CJN denied.

But Ozekhome in a statement said the nation’s fifth citizen should do more to prioritise the welfare of justices.

He wrote, “It must be noted that the entire annual allocation meant for the Supreme Court is like a drop of water in an oasis.

“These Supreme Court Justices are members of the same society that we live in and they reside in it. They have their wives and husbands to care for; they have their children and teeming dependants to take care of.”

He also explained that Tanko should not have reacted the way he did to the protest of his brother justices of the Supreme Court.

He said the CJN should have reassured the 14 serving Justices of the Supreme Court who protested about their deplorable working conditions that he would take up their complaints with the seriousness they deserved.

“What I expected the CJN to have done is to have balmed their oozing bruises; bandaged their bleeding economic sores and say ‘’Ok, I have heard you loud and clear. I am going to take up your complaints and champion your cause before the executive and legislative arms of government, arms that have turned themselves into rampaging bulldogs

“As the head of the Judiciary which is the third arm of the government, I will make sure that you have more allocation, your welfare enhanced and your life made better.’

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