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Lagos Magistrates call off strike

By  Abdulwahab   Abdulah
After four weeks of industrial action, Lagos magistrates Tuesday picked up their tools and returned to work. They called off the strike following an all-inclusive truce meeting held among stakeholders at the weekend.

At the parley, the restoration of the suspended Lagos State Magistrate Law 2009 paved the way for the truce.

Magistrates in Lagos had embarked on strike twice to press home their demands for better pay as well as ensuring that the new Magistrate Court Law 2009 signed last year by Governor Babatunde Fashola is fully implemented.

To resolve the disagreement, however, a mediation committee headed by a senior member of the Bar, Chief Babatunde Benson, was inaugurated by the authority, which went into action and appealed for an out-of-court settlement over the new Magistrates’ law.

Sequel to the meeting by the mediation committee last weekend, the Magistrates unanimously agreed to put off the strike, just as a Lagos lawyer, Jiti Ogunye who went to court over the new law withdrew his suit.

At the mediation committee meeting, it was resolved that a technical committee be set up to consider the Magistrates’ Court Law 2009, within 21 days for possible review of the  new Law by the State House of Assembly.

It was also resolved that the state Attorney-General, Mr Supo Sasore, SAN should withdraw his appeals pending before the appellate court to create room for further amendments of the Magistrate’s Court Law 2009.

Confirming the resumption of duty by the Magistrates, Mrs. Grace Alo, PRO to the state Chief Judge, Justice Inumidun Akande, said already, plans were underway by the judiciary to address some of the magistrates’ demands.

The Magistrates have demanded, among other things, that the state judiciary should give them enhanced welfare packages and also consider their promotions regularly with attendant training programmes to boost their performance.


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