Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) on Monday resumed its strike shutting down activities in courts nationwide.
JUSUN resumed the strike action following the refusal of the executive to comply with a judgment of a Federal High Court, Abuja, which ordered the executive to stay off funds meant for the judiciary.
Even the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed and other Justices of the Supreme Court were locked out of their respective offices by protesting members of JUSUN.
The union’s president, Mustapha Adamu said the workers resumed the industrial action decided because the executive did not comply with the agreement reached with the union to comply with the judgment of the court on judiciary funding.
Sympathizing with litigants, The JUSUN president said the workers had no choice but to go on strike to compel implementation of a subsisting court order and the agreement reached with them.
At the Federal High Court located at the Central Business District, judges, lawyers and workers were politely turned back.
The strike is coming at a crucial period when many politicians who are dissatisfied with their parties primaries are hoping that the courts would come to their rescue.
Meanwhile, the President of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Mr Mustapha Adamu, has blamed the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation for the failure of the Federal Government to implement the judgment of the Federal High Court which stopped the Executive from holding on to fund meant for the judiciary.
Adamu said that states’ accountants-general were also frustrating the implementation of the judgment.
He said: “Remember that this judgment was delivered in January 2014. Since then, government has engaged us in discussions for about 20 times. We entered MOU for seven times and government failed to, in particular let me be specific, the office of the Accountant General, refused to obey the court judgment.
“There is an order directing him to deduct that money and pay to the National Judicial Council and he had failed to do this.
“Also, all the state governors, through their accountants-general and commissioners for finance, who are all members of FACC, have equally contributed to bring us to where we are today.
“We have accommodated them, tolerated them, but since this is what they preferred, we have decided to give it to them as a new year gift.”