- A total of 30 magistrates have been sacked in Cross River state
- The magistrates were sacked after they organised a protest in Calabar, the Cross River state capital
- The protesting magistrates had accused the Cross River state government of not paying their salaries for 24 months
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state has ordered the sack of 30 magistrates who protested against the non-payment of their 24-month salaries.
Daily Trust reports that the resignation of the magistrates was contained a letter signed on behalf of the acting chief judge of the state, Eyo Effiom Ita by Chief Registrar Edem N. Okokon.
According to the report, it was stated that since the state was unable to pay them from their engagement date on February 2019, they had been withdrawn from sitting in any court till further notice.
The acting chief judge, whose tenures expires next week, also asked the 30 magistrates to stay at home, alleging that many of them had been involved in corrupt practices to survive.
Last week, the magistrates protested in front of the old governor’s office for three days.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that a magistrate who was taking part in a protest on Tuesday, January 5, collapsed in front of the governor’s office in Calabar, the Cross River state capital.
The magistrate, Richard Edet, joined his colleagues at the protest venue over the non-payment of their 24 months salaries when the incident occurred.
The officials were said to have protested in their full regalia to prove that they were actually employed by the state government.
The group claimed that they had not received salaries since their employment into the state civil service by the Ayade led administration two years ago.
Speaking to newsmen after the incident, the chief magistrate of Cross River, Solomon Abuo decried what he described as ill-treatment meted to them by the state government.
Meanwhile, a former governor of Anambra state, Mr. Peter Obi has stated that the major challenge hindering growth and development in Nigeria is because sentiment is a major requirement to get certain positions in the country.
Obi, the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 presidential election, lamented that those in authority are not making appointments based on competence but on emotions.
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