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FG to pay Tanko N2.5bn benefits as Senate begins corruption probe

Justice Tanko Muhammad

Justice Tanko Muhammad

The Federal Government is expected to pay a N2.5bn severance package to the immediate-past Chief Justice of Nigeria, Muhammad Tanko.

Premium Politics had earlier reported that Tanko resigned on Monday on health grounds after 14 Supreme Court Justices filed a petition against him, accusing him of corrupt practices.

Following his retirement, the Federal Government through the National Judicial Council would be paying him 300 per cent of his annual basic salary of N3.36m as well as a pension for life.

He is also entitled to a mansion in any chosen city in Nigeria as well as the provision of at least four personal domestic staff.

It was also gathered that the former CJN would get the financial package based on the provisions of Section 291 (2) and (3a-c) of the 1999 Constitution as well as Section 2 of the Pensions Rights of Judges Act.

In another development, the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on Tuesday received a fresh order to probe the newly retired CJN over the allegations of corruption levelled against him by 14 Supreme Court Justices.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, mandated the Committee led by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele to probe the allegations against the CJN and the crisis presently rocking the judiciary.

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