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Ministry of justice pays 860 lawyers N258m as robe allowance – Malami

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The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, disclosed that the ministry of justice used to pay N258m annually to 860 lawyers, noting that each lawyer was getting a sum of N300,000 annually.

Malami made this disclosure when defending the 2022 budget of the ministry of justice before the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Human Rights and Legal Matters.

Hence, the senator representing Benue North-West, Emmanuel Orker-Jev, was baffled at the cost of maintaining the lawyers in the ministry.

Consequently, he demanded of the total lawyers in the ministry and Malami revealed that there were about 860 lawyers who were entitled to a N300,000 robe allowance each.

Malami said, "860 lawyers are entitled to N300,000 annually as robe allowance."

When Orker-Jev further asked the minister how often the robe allowance was paid, he explained that the ministry pays them on an annual basis.

However, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, the Chairman of the Committee, said the money was paid to the lawyers to make them presentable before the court of law.

The report indicated that the ministry had proposed N11.8 billion for the 2022 budget, where personnel costs were capped at N3.9 billion, which is exclusive of legal services. But legal services are N2 billion.

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