Civil servants in some states are still being owed their salaries but a convicted lawmaker Senator Joshua Dariye is still being paid both his N14.2m monthly salary by the National Assembly.

An anti-corruption group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has faulted the payment and has urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to stop it.

In the suit, SERAP described the continued N14.2m monthly payment to Dariye as “a great moral failure” on the part of the leadership of the National Assembly.

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The anti-corruption group contended that the payment violated Nigerian law and international obligations, while accusing the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, of  “trying to override Nigerian law and the judgment of our court,” which convicted Dariye.

Joined as defendants in the suit are Dariye and the National Assembly Service Commission.

SERAP said members of the public, including itself, were alarmed to learn that despite his conviction and imprisonment, Dariye was still earning N750,000.00 salary and N13.5m monthly allowance.

The group argued that, “By paying Mr Dariye’s allowances while in prison, Mr Saraki and the National Assembly Service Commission have destroyed the efficacy and purpose of Mr Dariye’s conviction and have brought the rule of law and administration of justice into disrepute.

“By continuing to pay Mr Dariye’s allowances after his conviction and while in Kuje Prison and unable to sit and perform the functions of a sitting senator, Mr Saraki and the National Assembly Service Commission have played a negative role to wit: undermining the authority and integrity of the court."

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