The National Industrial Court in Abuja has ordered the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission to immediately put in place machinery to start the upward review of salaries for some judicial officers.
According to Channels Television, Justice Osatohanmwen Obaseki-Osaghae gave the ruling on Thursday in a case filed by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Sebastian Hon who had approached the court to seek a salary raise for Nigerian judges.
In his ruling, the judge also ordered an upward review of the salaries of the affected judicial workers every year or at most every two years.
He also awarded a N500,000 judgement cost, in favour of the claimant, to be paid by the first, second, and third respondents
The court also held that there is abundant evidence to support the claims that the current salaries of judges and justices, which were last reviewed in 2008 no longer reflect modern realities, owing to the devaluation of the naira, exchange rate, and the general economic downturn.