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The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, has suspended its strike on Wednesday.

The union is set to commence work on Monday. The strike has not only paralysed activities at the courts but also delayed Nigerians from accessing Justice or getting bail from the Police.

Since the start of the months old strike, the police have refused to grant suspects administrative bail, leading to overcrowded cells across the Country.

The Nigerian Constitution provides that no suspect can be held in custody for more than 48 hours for any reason. Suspects should either be released on bail or arraigned in court within the stipulated period.

JUSUN had in April embarked on an indefinite nationwide strike in protest against the denial of the judiciary its constitutionally guaranteed financial autonomy which was also affirmed by a Federal High Court judgement in January 2014.

In-case you missed it, READ NewsWireNGR Special Report about this strike and its implication to Nigerians.

Part of the effects of the strike is that suspects who ordinarily should not spend more than 48 hours in custody are being detained indefinitely.

The workers had before now threatened to “deal” with any of its state chapters “found not fully complying with its directive on the ongoing strike action while commending members to remain resolute”.

It also warned that “no member of any branch or chapter of the union should be victimised on account of this ongoing strike”.

JUSUN recently rejected the 36 state governors’ proposed template for the implementation of judiciary’s financial autonomy being demanded by the workers.

The governors, in their proposal, seek the creation of a State Account Allocation Committee (SAAC) to oversee the distribution of funds to the three arms of government at the state level.

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