The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), which had shut down all courts in the country including the Supreme Court on April 6, has started a nationwide protest over financial autonomy on Monday, April 19.
JUSUN had shut down courts due to governors’ refusal to comply with the constitutional provisions for financial autonomy of the judiciary. The union had also threatened to add mass protest to its ongoing strike on Friday.
The National Treasurer of the Union, Comrade Jimoh Alonge who led the protest in Abuja, said that the union will not suspend the ongoing strike and protests until their demands are met.
Comrade Alonge, while speaking at the Court of Appeal headquarters, the starting point of the protest to the National Assembly, stated that the judiciary is facing lots of problems.
He added that if the problem of financial autonomy of the judiciary is addressed and resolved, others problems would be resolved as well. He further accused the governors of Ebonyi and Kaduna States of undermining the judiciary in their states, warning that the judiciary would no longer accept such.
TOS News reported that Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has directed its branch chairmen nationwide to lead peaceful protest to government houses in their states.
The NBA president, Olumide Akpata said this in a statement on Friday.
The development is coming over the 36 governors’ alleged recalcitrancy to implement judiciary’s financial autonomy.
He directed the branch chairmen to lead peaceful protests every Monday, starting from April 19, until judicial financial autonomy is achieved.