Judiciary workers shut down courts over financial autonomy

Courts in Abuja, the nation’s capital were on Tuesday shut down as judiciary workers embarked on an indefinite strike in demand of financial autonomy for the judiciary.

The strike is in compliance with the directive of the national secretariat of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), which is demanding judicial autonomy, among other issues.

Tribune Online gathered that the gates of the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the Federal High Court complex and other lower courts in the nation’s capital were locked, in total compliance to the directives of the national headquarters of JUSUN.

Judiciary workers embarked on the indefinite strike to protest the non-implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary.

While the Federal Government has allowed for financial autonomy of the third arm of government, state governments were however yet to give financial independence to states’ Judiciary.

Reacting to the refusal of states to implement the policy, JUSUN accordingly directed its members across the country to shut down courts nationwide beginning from Tuesday.

JUSUN had on March 13, 2021, issued a 21-day ultimatum to the government which elapsed on Sunday, April 4, 2021.

The strike, which was scheduled for Monday, was shifted to Tuesday, April 6, 2021, owing to the Easter holiday.

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