Nasarawa State Chapter of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), today, interrupted court sittings in Akwanga Local Government Area of the state.
The union chased out litigants and lawyers who in courts, as well as shutting down courts which include: the High Court, Upper Area Court, Chief Magistrates’ Court, Grade I Area court, all in Akwanga Local Government Area of the State. NAN reports.
The state Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the union, Mr Solomon Iyigulu, said the union was not pleased with the state government’s inability to meet their demands.
Iyigulu said the union was in Akwanga to ensure total compliance of the strike which began on Nov. 13, 2018, as well as to ensure that no activity takes place in courts not only in Akwanga but the entire state.
“I call on our members to continue to remain resolute, remain at home and be law-abiding until they hear further directive from us,” he added.
NAN also reports that some state government and private lawyers and litigants who came for their cases expressed disappointment as courts remained locked by the JUSUN.
Some of the JUSUN officials, who carried leaves, shouted slogans like: “pay us our salary and meet our demands if not and we will continue to disrupt courts proceedings across the state”.
According to NAN, JUSUN’s demands are “ lifting of the embargo on staff conversion and advancement, lifting of an embargo on staff in-service training, stoppage of deductions on the staff of High Court salary and refund of same and implementation of the financial implication promotion and annual increment.”
It can be recalled that the state’s JUSUN on Nov. 13, 2018, commenced an indefinite strike following the failure of state’s Chief Judge to meet their demands on welfare issues.
Other issues are that the National Judicial Commission (NJC) has given three slots for the appointment of judges into the Customary Court in 2018, but nothing was done to reopen the court up till now.