Judges abandon courts in Lagos over nonpayment of 8 months salaries

By Joshua Olalekan, Lagos

Judges attached tp Ikorodu Customary Courts are boycotting proceedings in protest over the non-payment of month salaries.

The closure of the courts was taking its toll on litigants and their dependants whose fate are tied to the pending court cases.

Some of the affected judges said the situation was so bad they could not even transport themselves to the courts or meet their basic health needs.

Chairman of the Ikorodu branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Levi Adikwaone, said the matter was already before the Attorney General of Lagos State

“In a bid to surmount these anomalies, we wrote to the Attorney General of Lagos State giving a seven-day ultimatum to address all the issues that undermine justice administration in this division.

“The Lagos Government has replied promising to see to the end of all these challenges to effective justice administration by end of December.

“It is really appalling the conditions under which officers of the Temple of Justice in this judicial division work,’’ the NBA official said.

The Sole Administrator, Ikorodu Local Government, Mr Gbolahan Ogunneye, did not respond to several calls and text messages after visits to his office failed to yield any positive result.

However, a senior official of the local government, who pleaded anonymity, said the council was addressing the welfare issues of customary court judges.

“The customary court judges are not the only staff of this local council being owed salaries. I can tell you that the sole administrator is doing all within his power to pay every worker of the council because their welfare is top priority to him,’’ he said.

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