Judicial autonomy: Lawyers protest in Lagos, Abuja

Members of the Nigerian Bar Association protested against the non-implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary in Lagos State and Abuja on Monday.

This is coming after members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria commenced a nationwide protest.

Some of the judicial workers converged on the gate of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, chanting solidarity songs.

The PUNCH reports that the National President of NBA, Olumide Akpata, had asked all state branches to stage a protest on Monday.

During the protest in Lagos, the lawyers displayed placards with various inscriptions as they marched from Ikeja Bar Centre through Oba Akinjobi, into Obafemi Awolowo Way towards the Alausa secretariat.

JUSUN began an indefinite strike on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, over continued delay to implement financial autonomy for the judiciary.

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had on May 22, 2020, signed Executive Order 10 for the enforcement of the financial autonomy status granted to state legislature and judiciary in the Nigerian Constitution.

Executive Order 10 of 2020, made it mandatory for all states to include the allocations of both the legislature and the judiciary in the first-line charge of their budgets.

The order also mandates the accountant-general of the federation to deduct from source amount due to the state legislatures and judiciaries from the monthly allocation to each state, for states that refuse to grant such autonomy.

Details later…

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