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Supreme Court justices shouldn’t earn less than N15m monthly, says Adeyanju

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Deji Adeyanju, a human rights activist, has commented on the welfare of members of the bench, saying the Nigerian Supreme Court justices shouldn’t be paid less than N15m monthly.

Adeyanju also promised to use the instrumentality of the law to seek better welfare of justices and ensure no supreme court justice earns less than N15m per month.

He made the vow in a statement signed on Wednesday titled “My commitment to Nigerians as I joined the largest bar in Africa.”

The activist said, “It is indeed shameful that while governors, lawmakers, and even their aides earn humongous amounts under a four-year term, members of the judiciary who have dedicated their entire life to doing justice to all manner of persons earn peanuts. A judiciary where a Supreme Court Justice earns barely N3m per month is a judiciary vulnerable to corruption. I will use the instrumentality of the law to advocate that no Supreme Court justice should earn less than N15m per month.

“I will commit my time, resources and knowledge of the law to the fight against corruption. In almost all areas of our national life, corruption has become pervasive, and there is no better time than now for us to confront this monster. I will, as often as possible, urge the relevant security agencies to investigate allegations of corruption, and where they fail to do so, I will seek orders of mandamus compelling them to do their jobs, as well as fiats from the Attorney General of the Federation to prosecute corruption cases.”

He also vowed to fight for people experiencing poverty in the country.

He added, “As I join the largest bar in Africa and become a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, today, my commitment to Nigerians is that I will use the knowledge and instrument of the law to advocate for the downtrodden, the oppressed and all those who are unable to speak out or defend themselves.

“I will take up human rights cases on a pro bono basis and ensure that no oppressed Nigerian goes to bed unable to defend his God-given and Constitutional rights because he could not afford a lawyer.”

 

 

 

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