NBA protests at n’assembly over financial autonomy for state judiciary

April 19, 2021
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Members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Monday staged a protest at the national assembly in solidarity with the judiciary workers on their ongoing strike.  

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The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) embarked on strike on April 6 over failure of state governments to implement financial autonomy for the judiciary to ensure its independence from the executive.

But the house of representatives last Wednesday, said it was unfair to involve staff of federal courts in the strike since the federal government had kept its word on granting judiciary workers financial autonomy.

President Muhammadu Buhari had signed the executive order granting financial autonomy to the judiciary and state houses of assembly in May 2020, after several agitations.

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The gazetting of the order was, however, suspended after the president met with governors who expressed concern over its constitutionality.

On Monday, the protesting lawyers led by John Aikpokpo-Martins, first vice-president of NBA, were denied entry into the national assembly complex by security agents.

Notwithstanding, the protesters blocked the main entrance into the national assembly, insisting that there would be no entry nor exit until they were allowed into the complex.

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