As the strike continued in other states on Thursday, two Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), Messrs Femi Falana and Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, condemned the announcement by the Lagos Chapter of Judiciary Staff of Nigeria (JUSUN) that it has partially reopened courts.
The Lagos Chapter of JUSUN on Thursday reversed its decision to partially reopen the courts in Lagos State, following the national body’s intervention.
The chapter’s chairman, Kehinde Sobowale, could not be reached for comment, but a JUSUN executive committee member told The Nation in confidence that the national body had ordered the state chapter to resume full strike.
The Lagos JUSUN initially said it had broken ranks with its national body and would be partially opening courts in the state on Wednesdays, yesterday and today, while continuing the nationwide strike on Mondays and Tuesdays.
It said this was in recognition of the Lagos State Government’s efforts to meet their demands on financial autonomy.
But Falana opposed the chapter’s decision in a television programme on Thursday morning.
Similarly, Adegboruwa said the Lagos JUSUN announcement was unacceptable.
JUSUN and NBA on Thursday blocked the convoy of Osun State Deputy Governor, Benedict Alabi, during a protest.
The members of the two unions converged and started the protest at the State High Court, Oke-Fia before marching to Customary Court through to Federal High Court opposite the Osun State House of Assembly at Gbongan/Osogbo road.
At 11:20am, when members of the two unions were marching to the Osun State Government Secretariat, the convoy of the deputy governor was stopped by the protesters.
The convoy later managed to escape from the protesters at the Petrol Station close to the State Government Secretariat, Abere as the vehicles entered through the first entrance of the filling station and exit through the second gate.
A cross-section of lawyers in Ekiti State on Thursday decried the long “stay out of court” due to the strike embarked upon by members of JUSUN.
The lawyers said the strike has caused many increased pending cases in various courts in the state.
The lawyers spoke at different interviews with correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ado-Ekiti.
The leadership of JUSUN and Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) in Oyo State said the strike will continue until their demands are met.
JUSUN and PASAN made this known during a peaceful protest jointly organised yesterday in Ibadan to further press their demands and carrying placards with various inscriptions.
Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has said his administration is committed to implementing financial autonomy for the judiciary.
He stated this while addressing members of JUSUN, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) and Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) who had staged a protest at State High Court, Customary Court and Federal High Court before terminating it in front of the Governor’s office, Abere.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Benedict Alabi, said: “On the issue raise, we are a law-abiding state. The governor believes in rule of law and that is what we stand by, your demands are what we will implement. Osun State is committed to implementing whatever decision on this autonomy of the judiciary. We don’t have a problem in implementing what the law of the state says.”