Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has ordered the sack of the 30 magistrates in the state judiciary who protested against non-payment of their 24-month salaries
Their sack letter was announced by the Acting chief judge of the state, Eyo Effiom Ita.
Ita, in the letter signed by the Chief Registrar, Edem N. Okokon, noted they have been withdrawn from sitting in any courts till further notice.
The magistrates have not been paid since their engagement in February 2019.
The acting chief judge, whose tenure expires next week, also urged the affected magistrates to stay at home.
He alleged many of them had been involved in corrupt practices in order to survive.
The press statement claimed the government regretted their employment, noting “there is no conscientious reason to have allowed you (magistrates) to work without pay for all the while..”
Last week, the magistrates had protested in front of the governor’s office for three days over non-payment of two years salaries.
The magistrates gathered at the governor’s office from across the 18 local government areas of the state, displaying placards with inscriptions including “We have right to employment’’, “Magistrates in Cross River are thrown out of their rented apartments’’, “Ayade, pay us.’’
Solomon Abuo, Chief Magistrate to the government of Cross River State, who spoke on behalf of the group, said the protest was their last resort.
Abuo explained the Magistrates had continued to discharge their duties to the state government to date in spite of non-payment of their salaries.