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Lull at Lagos Fed High Court as JUSUN resumes

LAGOS—Activities did not commence fully on Monday at Federal High Court in Lagos, following the suspension of the three-week- old strike by Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN.

JUSUN embarked on nationwide industrial action on January 2, to press for obedience of a court order that affirmed financial autonomy of states’ judiciary.

JUSUN called off the strike on Sunday, January 25, after a meeting at the Supreme Court, Abuja, but suspension only affected Federal High Courts, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the National Industrial Court.

At the Federal High Court in Lagos, some of the courts’ registrars were seen at their various desks, waiting for the commencement of court proceedings.

Deputy Chief Registrar of the court, Mr Bello Okandeji, however, confirmed the resumption of activities in the court but added that at the moment, only skeletal works were going on in preparation for full court sittings.

Some lawyers at the court premises expressed relief at the suspension of the industrial action in the federal courts, and appealed that same be extended to state high courts.

A Lagos-based lawyer, Mr Femi Adedayo described the suspension as a big relief for lawyers.

“The news of the suspension came to me as a big relief and that is why I hurriedly came down to court today to file some processes,” he said.



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