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Published On: Wed, Oct 11th, 2017

JUSUN charges Gov Bello on autonomy for judiciary

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From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

The Niger state chapter of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) have charged on Niger state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello on the non compliance of a Federal High Court judgment on autonomy for the judiciary arm of government by executive tiers across the country.
The state chairman of the Union, Barrister Mahmud Muye, during a meeting with the Chairman, state Assembly committee on judiciary , Hon. Bello Ahmed who lamented what he described as fragrant disregard for court order by the state governments, even as he urged the Assembly to prevail on Governor Abubakar Sani Bello to comply with the judgment in the state.
The Barrister explained that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja in its judgment in the case on the matter filed against the 36 state governors and the Attorney General of the Federation by JUSUN in 2014, had ordered that autonomy be granted to the Judiciary.
He further stated that “it was disheartening that almost three years after the landmark judgment, state governments have continue to flout the order, adding that the governors stance on the lingering matter amount to contempt.
The former Attorney General and commissioner of Justice, Abdullahi Bawa Wuse, where agreement on the matter was reached but the state government but deliberately ignore the agreement.
The Union was then compelled to led its member on strike over the development before it was prevailed upon by stakeholders to call off the strike he stated.
Explaining further, the chairman said the Union has also met with the state government through the current Attorney General to seek for diplomatic option on the matter but has to also embark on strike following the government reluctance to implement the judgment.
He therefore urged the committee to intervene by impressing on the state government to do the needful on the matter.
Responding, the House committee chairman said the Federal High Court judgment on the matter is already biding on the state government; while assuring that the Assembly would interne by ensuring that the judgment is comply with.

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