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Anambra JUSUN suspends strike

By Vincent Ujumadu

Awka—WORKERS of Anambra State judiciary, Tuesday, called off the strike it began on Monday, making litigants in the state heave a sigh of relief.

Consequently, the resumed strike embarked upon by the judicial staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, in Anambra State on Monday, has been suspended after a day.

State chairman of JUSUN, Mark Ifezue, said the calling-off the strike was based on the positive response of the state government, yesterday, but did not give details.

Many people were delighted to see the gates of the courts opened for business, yesterday, and the workers arrived early to resume work.

It was, however, gathered that Governor Willie Obiano intervened in the matter, with a source saying the state government had promised to meet the demands of JUSUN members.

Meanwhile, the chief judge of Anambra State, Justice Peter Umeadi, will begin visitation to the three prisons in the state on June 1, 2015.

A statement by the chief registrar of the state judiciary, Mrs. Doris Ezeani, said it was in exercise of the powers vested in him as the chief judge of the state.

According to the chief registrar, prison officials and other stakeholders had been put on notice to ensure the success of the three-day exercise.
Details showed that the tour would begin on June 1 with a visit to Onitsha Prisons, while Aguata and Awka prisons would have theirs on June 3 and June 5 respectively.

Ezeani explained that priority would be given to inmates on the basis of old age, health grounds, juveniles and those who had stayed longer than their sentences would have lasted if their cases had been decided.

She said inmates who could engage the services of lawyers to present their cases during the visits, would have better opportunities to have their cases heard.


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