Judicial Workers on indefinite strike nationwide over funds

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Mr. Adamu Marwa, President Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, yesterday declares indefinite industrial action and advised to shut down courts across the country with no delay.

In Abuja, yesterday, all the Justices of the Supreme Court, who intended to access their offices, including the CJN, were forced to turn back as the workers, through their National President, Mr. Adamu Marwa, maintained that they would not bow down until the Federal Government complied and implemented the Federal High Court judgment that declared financial autonomy for the judiciary.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, and other Justices of the Supreme Court were locked out of their respective offices by protesting judiciary workers, while all the courts were barricaded by the strikers who used heavy chains and padlocks to block entrance and exit gates to all courts.

In Lagos, the Federal High Court and National Industrial Court as well as Lagos State High Court in all its divisions in Ikeja, Igbosere, Ikorodu and Badagry were also shut.

At the Lagos State High Court, Igbosere, the entrances were padlocked. Also, the Appeal Court in Lagos had its gates padlocked. The magistrate’s court in Igbosere, Lagos, was also under lock and key.

The Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, was also under lock and key, including the National Industrial Court in Ikoyi.

Courts in Lagos were initially scheduled to resume yesterday after the Christmas vacation, but JUSUN had directed all its members to embark on the strike from January 2.

The strike is based on the failure of the Federal Government and the 36 state governors to implement the orders of an Abuja Federal High Court, from holding on to funds meant for the judiciary.

Ademola held that funds meant for the judiciary should instead be disbursed directly to the heads of court and not to the executive arm of government.

According to JUSUN President, Marwa, said the office of the Accountant General of the Federation was to be blamed for the failure of the Federal Government to implement the court judgment.

“There is no going back until they respect the court judgment. This strike is indefinite.” He said

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