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Workers, Judges locked out as JUSUN storms Supreme Court, others

Court activities around the third arms zone especially at the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Federal High Court, FCT High court and the Appeal Court were in shambles as the institutions were under locks and keys on Monday.

The actions were in compliance with the directives by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).

The organised labour defied all court orders and federal government advances to embark on the strike after the negotiations between them and the government over the minimum wage of workers and reduction in electricity tariff among other demands was deadlocked.

Although the private security operatives were seen manning their posts, with other police officers around the gate leading to the court, it was a bad day for lawyers, litigants, who were either coming to file their cases or to appear in court as they were barred from accessing the court.

The organised labour it would be recalled made real its threat to shutdown the country via strike actions should the federal government fail to meet their demands.

JUSUN members who had already positioned themselves outside the heavily locked gates were seen diverting litigants and other workers away from the court premises.

One of them was quoted as telling a lawyer at the Federal High Court that “We are on strike sir,”

When Blueprint Correspondent visited some of the court and judiciary institutions on Monday, members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), who were already mobilised to stop workers, lawyers and judges alike from gaining entrance, were also seen carrying out the order to the latter.

At the Federal High courts and the FCT High courts, judges, lawyers, staff, Journalists and litigants were prevented from gaining access to the courts premises.

Report from the National Judicial Institute (NJI) indicated that a Biennial National Workshop on Child Justice Administration slated for Monday was hurriedly cancelled by the management.

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