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SUPREME COURT ON STRIKE

by Ayomide Victor

Legal executive labourers under the Legal executive Staff Association of Nigeria (JUSUN) have initiated an uncertain cross country strike, in this manner closing down the High Court complex in Abuja, in accordance with their industrial Action

The strike started on Tuesday, in light of their requests which incorporate a monetary independence for the judicial arm of government.

The development came as disobedience to the allure by the Nigerian Bar association to hold the strike, saying it was ill-timed, considering the COVID-19 constraints the Nigerian courts had been battling within the last year.

Other High Court workers who are getting back from the Easter break couldn’t get to the complex on Tuesday as the two key judiciary institutions – the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) – which share the same premises with the Supreme Court were also affected.

Staff buses were likewise seen making a diversion after showing up at the blockaded door of the High Court.

The court situated in the Three Arms Zone in Abuja, a neighbourhood it shares with the Presidential Villa and the National Assembly Complex.

Workers of both the NJC and the FJSC are important for the judicial executive Staff Association of Nigeria (JUSUN), the umbrella body of all Judiciary workers at all levels in the country, and are likewise limited by the strike proclaimed by the association.

The activity taken by the association at the High Court Tuesday morning is relied upon to be repeated across all Nigerian courts.

JUSUN on April 1 had issued a circular to the effect of its strike, saying it was necessitated by the failure of the federal and state governments to implement a judgment of the Federal High Court, which granted financial autonomy to the judicial arm of government.

The union stated that it had at its last National Executive meeting on March 13, 2021 in Abuja, issued a 21-day ultimatum to the government to implement the financial autonomy of the judiciary with a threat that “failure of which JUSUN will have no other option but to resume the suspended national strike action.”

“Therefore, as a result of the public holiday on April 5, 2021, the strike action has been postponed to Tuesday, April 6, 2021,” the circular partly read.

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