24-month unpaid salary: 30 protesting magistrates sacked from court sitting in Cross River

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It was man’s inhumanity to man in Cross River State, as 30 magistrates who began protest over their unpaid 24-month salary, were yesterday, sacked from sitting in their various courts by the state government.

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The Cross River State Acting Chief Judge, Justice Effiom Eyo-Ita, affected the withdrawal, even as the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Tanko Ashang, claimed that the recruitment of the protesting magistrates into the state’s judiciary was fraudulent. He rather threatened them with lawsuit for ‘embarrassing’
the governor.

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Also reacting to the development, Governor Ben Ayade, through his media aide, said the magistrates were irregularly recruited into the judiciary, adding that, he did not sign off on the order for their final engagement.

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Recall that about 30 magistrates in various magisterial divisions of Cross River State, had, on January 4 and 5, taken to the streets of Calabar to protest the non-payment of their 24-month salaries by the State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, all donning their full legal regalia.

During the protest, one of them, Richard Bassey, had collapsed and nearly passed out, until he was poured some water by his colleagues in revival mode. (Picture above).
Speaking to newsmen after the incident, the Chief Magistrate of Cross River, Solomon Abuo, had decried what he described as ill-treatment meted to them by the state government.
Abuo said since they were employed, they had undergone several screenings, adding that the protest was their last resort, adding: “We will continue to protest until we are paid./ SHARE THIS

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