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Magistrates’ strike cripples activities in Lagos courts

By Abdulwahab Abdulah
Activities at the Magistrate Courts in Lagos State were brought to a halt Thursday as the Magistrates resumed their suspended two-week-old strike due to alleged failure of the authority  to address their demands.

The resumption of the strike followed  a notice by the Magistrates’ association to members to resume the suspended industrial action after the expiration of the of the two-week ultimatum to the authority.

A visit to some divisions of the state Magistrate courts, indicated that none of the Magistrates sat.

However, Vanguard reliably gathered that the state Chief Judge, Justice Inumidun Akande, would meet with the executive committee of the Magistrates today in Ikeja to find a lasting solution to the problem.

It was gathered that the authority concern was rattled by the new development, which it regarded as an embarrassment to the state judiciary.

At the last meeting with the Magistrates, a committee led by the Chief Judge, the state Attorney-General, Supo Sasore and some members of the state Judicial Service Commission, assured the Magistrates that something urgent would be done to address their grievances.

At the premises of the Ikeja Magistrate Court, suspects brought from the police stations for fresh arraignment were returned since they could not be arraigned.


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