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How to end Magistrates’ strike – DPA

LAGOS — To end the four-week strike by magistrates in Lagos State over validity of the Magistrates’ Court Law of Lagos State, 2009, the Democratic Peoples’ Alliance, DPA has canvassed a judicial system that would be shielded from Executive and Legislative interference.

Noting that the concerns leading to the crisis were not peculiar to Lagos State, DPA said in a statement by its Director of Publicity, Mr Felix Oboagwina, that the Judiciary nationwide was currently politicised and there was need for a judicial system independent of the Executive and Legislature’s interference.

In the interim, the party said the face-off between the judicial officers and the state government could be resolved if a  simple judicial pronouncement subsists from the courts and the State Judicial Service Commission asked all concerned to revert to and honour the pre-2009 status quo and revalidate the 2003 law or allow the 2009 law to operate pending the determination of the substantial case.

It said that the vacuum created by the simultaneous abrogation of the 2003 law and the suspension of the 2009 were ill_advised and needed to be plugged immediately.


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