5 Jan 2015

Indefinite Strike: Judiciary workers shut down courts nationwide

Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has closed down all courts nationwide following the refusal of the executive to comply with a judgment of a Federal High Court, Abuja, which ordered the executive to stay off funds meant for the judiciary.

The union's president, Mustapha Adamu said the workers decided to go on an indefinite strike because the executive did not comply with the agreement reached with the union to comply with the judgment of the court on judiciary funding.

While sympathizing with litigants, he said the workers had no choice but to go on strike to compel implementation of a subsisting court order and the agreement reached with them.

At the Federal High Court located at the Central Business District, judges, lawyers and workers were‎ politely turned back. The situation was the same at the Abuja High Court which is in the Maitama District.

The Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal located at the Three Arms Zone were also locked‎.

The strike is coming at a crucial period when many politicians who are dissatisfied with their parties primaries are hoping that the courts would come to their ‎rescue.

Credit: Tobi Soniyi/ThisDay

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