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Lawyers, judiciary workers begin nationwide protest

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… Vows no going back on strike

MEMBERS of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) today marched to National Assembly in solidarity with judiciary workers who are protesting financial autonomy.

  Addressing the media, President of NBA, Olumide Akpata said the protest was in line with directives sent to all branches of the association on Friday.

  According to him, lawyers cannot fold their arms and watch the deadlock between state executives and judiciary degenerate.

  He, therefore, urged state governors to implement the judiciary autonomy law or get ready for sanctions.

  It will be recalled that a statement released by NBA Secretariat had directed the branch chairmen to lead the protest today and on all other subsequent Mondays until the demand for the judiciary’s financial autonomy is met.

  Equally, Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has said it was not going back on its nationwide strike to press home their demands.

  At the nation’s capital, the JUSUN workers converged on the gate of the Court of Appeal in Abuja chanting solidarity songs and displaying placards.

  Toping the list of demands is the issue of financial autonomy to the judiciary. They are also asking for the payment of peculiar allowances to their members.

  It will be recalled that JUSUN had since April 6 left the courts in Nigeria under lock and key because of the non-implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary as the third arm of government. The union had alleged that the Federal and State governments had over the years, declined to grant financial autonomy to the judiciary.

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