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The vacation of Justice in Nigeria ends as JUSUN suspends strike

After 64 days of “No Justice” in Nigeria, the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) announces the suspension of the strike that has seen all Nigerian Courts shut down.

JUSUN had embarked on an indefinite strike shutting all courts down on April 6 to press home their demand for the financial autonomy of the judiciary.

Various cases had occurred during the period of the strike especially cases of kidnappings, armed robbery, terrorism amongst other cases that demands justice but could not be treated as all courts were shut. The Federal and State Governors, had engaged the association as they agreed on a terms and conditions meant to be signed by the 36 state governors of the federation.

The 64-day-old strike is the longest industrial action the Nigerian judiciary, as a whole, has ever seen. The closest to it which members of the union embarked on in January 2015 for the same reason only lasted for two weeks.

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JUSUN however reached a conclusion to suspend the strike at a meeting of its National Executive Committee (NEC) in Abuja on Wednesday.

The union cited the intervention of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and other stakeholders in reaching the decision to suspend the strike.

“NEC-in-session discussed extensively and after putting so many issues into consideration i.e. the intervention of the NJC and other stakeholders, the NEC has resolved that the strike is hereby suspended,” the signed by the union’s Deputy President, Emmanuel Abioye, and General Secretary, Isiah Adetola, read in part.

JUSUN had convened the NEC meeting following an appeal by the National Judicial Council (NJC) to the union to call off the nationwide strike in the interest of the nation.

The NJC led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammed, had made the appeal to the union at a meeting earlier on Tuesday.

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