The former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed, is expected to get a N2.5bn severance package from the Federal Government.
Recall that on Sunday, June 26, Muhammed tendered his resignation on health grounds. Following his resignation, President Buhari swore in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, the next most senior Justice as the acting CJN on Monday, June 27.
According to the reports, as part of the package for the retired chief justice put together by the National Judicial Council, a mansion will be built for him in Abuja or any city of his choosing with a lump sum for furnishing.
The National Judicial Commission had in 2019 approved the payment of N2.5bn for Muhammad’s predecessor, Walter Onnoghen. A former CJN, Alfa Belgore, was also reportedly paid about N2.8b after he retired from service.
Just like state governors, a retired Chief Justice is entitled to at least four domestic staff and sundry allowances for personal upkeep. This includes allowances for accommodation, utilities, entertainment, medical, security, furniture, and vehicles.
It was also gathered that the ex-CJN is reported to also 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.
Senior Advocate of Nigeria who does not want to his name be quoted, said, “His entitlements are enormous. He’s entitled to a house anywhere in Abuja, domestic staff, cars, salaries, and allowances for life. Judges are being overworked because, by the time they retire at 70, they are not always looking young.”
On Tuesday, June 28, the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters received a fresh order to probe the newly retired CJN over the allegations of corruption leveled against him by 14 Supreme Court Justices.
Ahmad Lawan, the president of the Senate ordered the Committee led by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele to probe the allegations against the CJN and the crisis presently rocking the judiciary.