The Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, has urged the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, to suspend its nationwide strike which commenced today.
This is contained in a statement by the President of the NBA, Mr. Olumide Akpata, in Abuja.
Mr. Akpata said as laudable as the strike might be, he was concerned about the timing and the consequences on the administration of justice in the country, particularly coming on the heels of a prolonged lull in judicial activities owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He stressed that as courts were trying to make up for lost time, it would be catastrophic to shut down again.
Meanwhile, the gate of the Federal High Court, in Abuja, was under lock
following the industrial action embarked upon by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, to press home its demands for the autonomy of the judiciary.
Other courts within the Federal Capital Territory including the Supreme Court, complied with the strike.
A Legal Practitioner, Mr. Donald Boyh, expressed disappointment when he was restricted from entering the court premises by some members of the Union.
Another legal Practitioner, Mr. Gabriel Ihenweze urged JUSUN and relevant stakeholders to reach an agreement to enable the judiciary to resume operations.
Some staff of the court were refused access into the court promises
When Radio Nigeria Correspondent approached some members of the Union, they declined comment.
However, there was an ongoing meeting between the Chief Justice of Nigeria and JUSUN about the ongoing strike as at the time of filing this report.