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BREAKING!!! Supreme Court Shuts Down As Judiciary Workers Begin Strike

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BREAKING!!! Supreme Court Shuts Down As Judiciary Workers Begin Strike

 

Staff in the Nigerian judiciary shut down the Supreme Court in Abuja on Tuesday morning, threatening to go on an indefinite nationwide strike to demand financial autonomy for the government’s judicial branch.

The development came in violation of the Nigerian Bar Association’s (NBA) last-minute appeal to the staff to call off the strike, which it said was ill-timed given the COVID-19 constraints that Nigerian courts have been dealing with for the past year.

Our correspondent arrived at the supreme court’s entrance around 7.10 a.m. on Tuesday to find the gate locked, stranding workers who planned to return to work after the Easter break.

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Employees of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC), both of which share the same premises as the Supreme Court, are also affected.

Staff buses were also seen taking a detour when they arrived at the Supreme Court’s barricaded entrance.

The court’s headquarters are in Abuja’s Three Arms Zone, which also houses the Presidential Villa and the National Assembly Complex.

Workers at both the NJC and the FJSC are members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), which represents all Nigerian judiciary workers at all levels, and are bound by the union’s strike call.

The union’s action in the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning is set to be repeated in Nigerian courts nationwide.

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According to PREMIUM TIMES, JUSUN issued a circular on April 1, 2021, instructing all of its states and zonal heads to join the strike as of Tuesday.

The strike was prompted by the failure of the federal and state governments to implement a Federal High Court judgment that granted financial autonomy to the judicial branch of government, according to a circular signed by the union’s general secretary, I. M. Adetola.

The union announced that at its most recent National Executive meeting on March 13, 2021 in Abuja, it gave the government a 21-day ultimatum to enforce the judiciary’s financial autonomy, threatening that if it did not, “JUSUN would have no other choice but to restart the suspended national strike action.”

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“As a result of the April 5, 2021 public holiday, the strike action has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

The circular went on to say, “You are directed to shut down courts/departments in your states until further notice from the National Secretariat of JUSUN in Abuja.”

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