The Resident Judge of Criminal Court 'D' for Montserrado County, Anthony Sikijipo Wollor, has termed the Judiciary’s clarification about his travel allowance of US$4,000 as blatant lies.
The Judiciary, through its spokesman Attorney Darryl Ambrose Nmah, however noted that Supreme Court’s indebtedness to Judge Wollor, was not US$4,000.
Atty. Nmah claimed that Judge Wollor was assigned for 42-days during the 2018 term of court, and entitled to US$2,000 only as travel allowance.
He added that the judge Wollor was assigned to preside over the 2nd Judicial Circuit Court in Grand Bassa County and the 14th Judicial Circuit Court in RiverCess County.
“Wollor is not entitled to US$4,000, because he was residing in Buchanan City, and presiding over both the 2nd Judicial Circuit Court in Grand Bassa County and the 14th Judicial Circuit Court in RiverCess County. And so, he is entitled to collect US$2,000 for the two courts he presided over,? Nmah claimed.
“Not only Wollor the Judiciary owed. We owed other judges with the same situation,” Nmah noted. But he did not explain when they were going to pay the judges.
But in a swift reaction, Judge Wollor claimed that Atty. Nmah did not understand the rotation process and the benefits associated with it.
"This is a blatant lie from Atty. Nmah that I should be paid US$2,000 instead of the US$4,000," Judge Wollor contended.
According to Wollor, he was residing and working in both the 2nd Judicial Circuit Court in Grand Bassa County and the 14th Judicial Circuit Court in RiverCess County, and therefore, deserved to collect the travel allowance for the two counties.
Wollor further claimed that during his assignment at the two courts, he was residing in hotels in the two counties that qualified him to get the US$4,000 as travel allowance for the two circuit courts.
“Look, what Nmah failed to understand is that when I was assigned to preside over the two courts in Grand Bassa and RiverCess Counties, I would preside over the 2nd Judicial Circuit Court in Grand Bassa County from Monday to Wednesday, slept and paid the hotel bill,” Wollor claimed.
Thereafter, Wollor said, on Wednesday afternoon, he would drive from Buchanan City to RiverCess County to preside over the 14th Judicial Circuit Court there.
“I work in RiverCess County from Thursday to Friday, and sleep and pay the hotel bill there as well. So, what will Nmah say? I shall only get the US$2,000 as reimbursement for the two counties that I diligently served,” Wollor argued. “With the two courts and the two hotels I paid from my own pocket,” the Chief Justice Francis Korkpor said, “I will get only US$2,000 and reimbursement. They must be joking. I am waiting for them.”