Magistrates handle 80 percent of court cases in Nigeria, but they work under deplorable conditions.

This is according to the National President, Magistrates’ Association of Nigeria, Saidu Umar. He said this on Tuesday in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

“Magistrates’ working conditions are very poor; they do most of the work and make massive sacrifices, but no one cares about their welfare or even the courts they work in,” Umar said in a speech at MAN’s National Executive Council Meeting (NEC).

He regretted that work conditions have turned from bad to worse adding across several states in the federation.

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Umar said that justice delivery and administration in Nigeria would continue to suffer if the courts that handle the bulk of cases continue to suffer neglect.

He appealed to the National Assembly to quickly pass into law, the bill initiated in 2016, for a special salary structure for magistrates in the Federal Capital Territory.

“This bill has already passed first reading; we intend to ensure it is domesticated in all states once passed into law,” Umar said.

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