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NASS REQUESTS OUT-OF-COURT SETTLEMENT IN LAWSUIT SEEKING INCREASED PAY FOR JUDGES

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Following a law suit instituted against the National Assembly and the Federal Government by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Sebastine Hon, SAN, over the poor salaries of Nigerian Judges, The National Assembly has asked the National Industrial Court, NIC, to allow an out-of-court settlement.

About Sixty Senior Advocates of Nigeria had earlier today stormed the National Industrial Court in Abuja for a legal battle against the Federal Government on the poor salaries of Nigerian judges.

In recent development however, The NASS, through its counsel, Mr. Charles Yoila, has told Justice Osatohanmwen Obaseki-Osagie that the Assembly is interested in an out-of-court settlement policy because of the nature of the matter.

The counsel pleaded with the court to grant an adjournment so as to enable parties in the matter to sit at a round table for discussion of an amicable resolution.

According to him, the NASS would have opted for an early resolution of the matter but for the strike embarked upon by workers of the organization which has halted activities at the National Assembly Complex.

The request for an out-of-court settlement was approved on the ground that an early hearing be granted.

Justice Obaseki-Osagie adjourned the matter to June 22 for a report of settlement by the parties in the matter.

Prominent among Senior Advocates in attendance were Chief Kanu Agabi, Mike Ozekhome, Sebastian Hon, Godwin Obla, Emeka Ngige, Hassan Liman, Tawo Tawo, Emeka Etiaba, Paul Ogbole, Chief Henry Akunebu, Audu Anuga and John Asoluka.

Others are Taiwo Taiwo, SAN, Emeka Etiaba, SAN, Paul Ogbole, SAN, Henry Akunebu, SAN. Audi Anuga, SAN, John Asoluka, SAN, Hassan Liman, SAN.

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