Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Judiciary Workers Down Tools Today

Members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) will today commence a nationwide strike following refusal of state governments to implement the judgment of the Federal High Court on financial autonomy for state judiciaries.

However, the union in a communiqué it issued after an emergency national executive council (NEC) meeting said the strike will not affect Federal courts for now.

The communiqué jointly signed by President of JUSUN Comrade Marwan Mustapha Adamu and the General Secretary Comrade Isaiah Adetola, said the union's national office has stepped into the industrial dispute in Rivers State, urging federal judiciary workers to be at an alert to join the strike in solidarity.

It is "unfair" for both the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Rivers State Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to issue two separate directives for and against returning to work, it said, adding that the workers cannot serve two masters.

"The security and protection of our members is no longer guaranteed in this leadership crisis that engulfed the Rivers State Judiciary in the last one year".

It resolved that after state governments' refusal to respect and implement the Federal High Court Abuja, judgment, "all judiciary staff at state level nationwide should proceed on an indefinite strike with effect from today."

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