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Awaiting trial inmates in Sokoto were stranded as court entrances were locked following the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria’s strike.
The strike complied with directives issued by the national body of JUSUN over the non-implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary.
A NAN correspondent who visited the state’s High Court, Federal High Court, and Court of Appeal in Sokoto observed that the union locked all the courts.
Abdulnasir Muhammad, the JUSUN Zonal Vice Chairman North-West, said, “Our action is following the failure of state governments to implement the provision as enclosed in Section 81(3) 121 (3) and 162 (9) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
“This is in furtherance of failure of the government to comply with the court order of Jan. 13, 2014, and the failure to comply with Executive Order 10 by President Muhammadu Buhari.”
He warned that the strike would be indefinite until state governments acceded to JUSUN’s demands.
“Therefore, the indefinite strike will remain until the government complies with JUSUN request for financial autonomy that will enhance the workforce of judiciary workers in the country,” said Mr Muhammad.
Mr Muhammad further restated that the union demanded full implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary according to the presidential directive.
He urged JUSUN members to stay at home, pending further directives from its national secretariat.