Judges, lawyers, litigants stranded as judiciary workers begin strike

Nigerians who had one business or two to do at the various courts in Lagos state were stranded as judiciary workers begin their indefinite strike.

To press home their demands, the workers on Tuesday shut the doors of the various courts on judges, magistrates and litigants who had thronged the various courts across the metropolis.

The strike is in compliance with the directive of the national secretariat of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) which is making many demands from the Federal Government, chief of which is judicial autonomy.

As early as 7.00 am, the protesting workers locked the gates of all the court houses in the five judicial divisions making up the state.

The strike is mainly to press the 36 states of the federation to toe the line of the Federal Government who has allowed for financial autonomy of the third arm of government.

The various state governments are however yet to give financial independence to states’ Judiciary.

With the refusal of states to implement the policy, the JUSUN accordingly directed its members across the country to shut down courts nationwide beginning from Tuesday.

The action is sequel to a 21-day ultimatum to the various state governments which elapsed on Sunday, April 4, 2021.

The strike, which was scheduled for Monday, was however shifted to Tuesday, April 6, 2021, owing to the Easter holiday.

According to a statement by JUSUN President, Comrade Adamu, “All courts and other departments would be shut until and unless the government does the needful.”

Similarly, a circular with Ref.no.JUSUN/NHQ/GEN/111/VOL.11/65 dated April 1, 2021 and signed by JUSUN’s General Secretary, Comrade Isaiah Adetola, directed members of JUSUN across the country to comply with the directive by the NEC of the Union.

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