Lovina Emole, Uyo
The Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State, Justice Godwin Abraham as well as other staff and lawyers in the State Judiciary Headquarters in Uyo, the State capital were on Tuesday barred from entry into the court premises.
The judiciary complex when visited was under lock and key even as heavily built men suspected to be members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), manned the gates and didn’t allow anyone to gain entrance.
The members who mounted the gate where seen with placards while some were also pasted on the gate with various inscriptions such as ‘on financial autonomy we stand’.
The Chief judge it was learnt came to his office but was stopped by the men at the gate and he ‘quietly and peacefully’ left the premises without resistance.
When our correspondent visited the State high court, Fulga Street Uyo, the same thing was replicated as the entrance was locked and no one was seen in sight.
JUSUN chairman in the state, Comrade Oku Umoh when contacted said they had no choice but to comply with the directives of the national body.
He said the national council has the supreme power to call off the strike as the states cannot negotiate with governors.
On the implication of the strike action on justice dispensation, Umoh said, “its unfortunate, the implication is that all the judiciary activities have been grounded and there is nothing we an do because the directive for the strike is from the national and we totally comply with this.
“We are aware that court processes and judicial activities including affiliate institutions like the police and the correctional services have been stalled but as it stands, there is nothing we can do until the national says otherwise.
“We hope that soon, our demands would be met and the strike called off” Umoh added.