Supreme Court: JUSUN commences nationwide strike

Supreme Court: JUSUN commences nationwide strike on Tuesday the 6th of April 2021 because the union demands total independence for the judiciary.

Nigeria’s apex court, the Supreme Court has been locked up by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) going on strike. The nationwide indefinite strike began on Tuesday the 6th of April 2021.

The strike action was announced to support the union’s demand for full independence for the judiciary has recorded total compliance in all the courts in Abuja.

The courts that are currently locked up are the Court of Appeal headquarters complex, and its Abuja division,  Federal Capital Territory high court complex, federal high court headquarters, and the National Industrial Court of Nigeria headquarters.

It was observed that as early as 6 am, the Jusun Strike Enforcement Committee had invaded the courts and put their gates under lock and key with big chains.

Justice John Tsoho, The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, the Chief Registrar, Mr. Emmanuel Gakko, and the top management staff who attempted to resume work after the Easter holiday were politely informed to go back.

Lawyers and litigants and the general public were also prevented from going into the vacation court.

Heavily armed security personnel were deployed to the courts to maintain tranquility and decorum especially miscreants from using the strike action as a means to cause destruction to the property of the court.

At the time this news was reported, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad was in a closed-door meeting with the leadership of the striking workers.

It was gathered that the CJN organized the meeting to rub minds with the workers and find a possible solution to the problems caused by the strike action.

The Senior Special Assistant to the CJN on media and publicity strategy, Ahuraka Issa, confirmed the meeting with Jusun leaders.

The President of Jusun, Marwan Adamu,  led the delegation of the judiciary workers.

Full details of the closed-door meeting have not been revealed yet but Ahuraka Issa expressed that there is hope and major decisions that will be beneficial for all would be taken and at the end, a press statement would be issued.

Adamu who has briefly seen at the Supreme Court refused a press interview, stating that the assessment of the strike action will be made public later in the day.

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