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Barrister Malcolm Omirhobo writes to Nigeria’s Chief Justice Muhammad asking for details of Supreme Court income and expenditure

A Nigerian law firm, Malcolm Omirhobo & Co., has written an Freedom of Information (FOI) request letter to Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Tanko Muhammad, demanding full details of the Supreme Court of Nigeria from 2019 to date.

The firm has demanded, under the Freedom of Information Act 2011, that the Chief Justice provide the Supreme Court’s receipts, financial statements and expenses since taking office as Prime Minister. judicial.

The letter is titled “Subject: Request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2011 for certified copies of certain public documents”.

It reads as follows: “We are a firm of Lawyers and Solicitors of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, passionate about good governance and good administration at all levels and especially in the judiciary.

“Based on the relevant sections of the Freedom of Information Act 2011, we humbly request certified copies of the following information in relation to public records in your custody:

“(1) Proof of receipt of total funds disbursed to Your Lordship by the National Judicial Council as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria from your office of assumption in 2019 to date.

“(2) The Financial Statement of Accounts of the Supreme Court of Nigeria from 1 January 2019 to date.

“(3) Evidence of the total expenditures of the Supreme Court for the period from 1 January 2019 to date, including a list of investment projects of the Supreme Court of Nigeria during this period,

“(4) Payment vouchers for each project mentioned above as well as the contractual agreement.

“(5) The total amount realized from internally generated revenue during the requested period and proof of expenditure; the payment slip for the salaries of Supreme Court judges and non-judicial staff; and the payment slip salaries and other emoluments of judges of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and non-judicial staff.

“We urge you, sir, to provide us with certified copies of the above-mentioned documents, failing to request any appointed official or competent authority of the Supreme Court of Nigeria to provide them to us.

“Note that in the event of delay or refusal to disclose the information within 7 days from the date of receipt of this request, we will be obliged to take the legal and necessary measures to compel you to disclose the information in accordance with the 20 and other provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2011.

“We undertake to bear the financial cost of providing the information requested in accordance with section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2011.

“Awaiting your kind and positive response to this request, please accept the assurances of our best regards.”

Supreme Court justices had accused Chief Justice Muhammad of corruption.
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SaharaReporters earlier reported how the judges, via a letter to Tanko, complained that the lack of welfare hampered their work.

They also allegedly accused him of diverting their housing, car and electricity allowances into his personal pocket and of pursuing his children’s political ambitions.

SaharaReporters had exclusively reported that two sons of Nigeria’s Chief Justice were respectively running for the Senate and House of Representatives of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party in Bauchi State.

While Siraj Ibrahim Tanko emerged as the APC candidate for Bauchi North, his brother Sani won the PDP ticket to represent Shira/Giade Federal Constituency in Bauchi State in the lower house of the National Assembly.

“The judges reiterated that they are serving this country diligently and to the best of their abilities and as such they deserve the best compared to how they are being treated by the current CJN,” said a senior judicial official told SaharaReporters.

“The judges reminded the CJN of the facts that they resolve disputes between the executive and the legislature, including all kinds of disagreements, between governments and individuals and how it would be a tragedy if the Nigerian public knew that they are unable to resolve their own issues internally without making them public due to CJN’s negligence and lack of consideration of corrections.

“The judges demanded that the CJN act before it was too late, as all efforts made in the past to resolve their complaints yielded no results. The judges recall that the CJN reluctantly called a meeting of the judges on March 23, 2022 after several persistent requests to hold the meeting.

“The judges recalled that during their meeting on March 23, 2022, they submitted and discussed their requests concerning: judges’ accommodation, vehicles, electricity tariff, diesel supply, Internet services to residences and judges’ chambers, the court’s epileptic electricity supply.

“They also raised the issue of the inability of the Honorable Chief Justice to support the judges in the management of the affairs of the Court as well as the deterioration of the state of the services in general. They objected to the way the CJN reneged on the agreement that the welfare committee be constituted to compile and transmit their applications which were submitted to the CJN for its consideration.

“The Social Committee has submitted its request for diesel allowance, due to the supply of epileptic electricity, the astronomical increase in the price of diesel and the fact that judges need electricity to work from home. The Committee has also requested the reinstatement of their monthly internet allowance, as they require uninterrupted internet service in order to access online documents to write their judgments, but the CJN has ignored these requests since March 24, 2022.

“The worst part of CJN corruption is the fact that some judges sworn in since November 6, 2020 were not yet housed by the Court as they lived in their rented apartments with the attendant risks. Regarding the vehicles of the Ministry of Justice, several judges need to be replaced, while the new judges have not yet received all of their vehicles to date. Additionally, some of the vehicles provided to the judges are either refurbished or substandard.