Rather than embark on strike, enforce court judgement-Lawyer advises JUSUN

From Al-Sirajdeen Alhameed, Minna//:

A Minna based Legal practitioner, Dr. Zakariyah Abdulsalam Bello, has requested the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN to find way of enforcing the Judgement against the 36 state Governors and their respective Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice by applying for form 48 and 49 against them to commit them to custodian centre.

He noted that the common man on the streets and the inmates on awaiting trials across the Correctional custody were at the receiving end of the strike embarked upon by the Union.

 He observed that the Governors and their respective Attorney Generals have nothing to lost in the ongoing face off between the JUSUN and the state, stressing that the Union instead of embarking on the industrial action, they should approach the court for the enforcement of the judgement obtained in 2013.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with IDEALPOSTS in his office in Minna, Niger state, Dr Zakariyah Abdulsalam stated that the Union should take another step of enforcing the judgement against the plaintiffs rather than embarking on the strike which according to him is an infringement on the right of litigants and the inmates who are languishing in the Correctional custody.

According to him, by the time the union obtained form 48 and 49 against the plaintiffs and were taken to correctional centre, they will be force to comply with the judgement, insisting that will be the only way the union can enforce the judgement.

“The union has the right to go on strike, but while exercising their right, the right of the common man that suppose to approach court for redress and that of litigants and the inmates languishing in the custodian centres have been infringed upon. I will advice that by the time they received form 48 and 49 against the Attorney general and their Secretary to the governments, all of them were kept in correctional custody that will serve them better than embarking on the industrial action. So l wants to use this medium to advise the union to meet their lawyers for the enforcement of the judgement” he asserted.

Speaking further, Dr. Bello opined that the ongoing industrial action will not affect the government, arguing that government has nothing whatsoever to loose in the strike ” but by the time some Attorney general of some states and their SSG were committed to correctional facility across the states, that will even served better than the current strike embarked upon by the JUSUN. They should go back to their lawyer to help them obtained the enforcement of the Judgement through form 48 and 49″ he added.

He argued further, that the industrial action by the Judiciary staff is limited and the negative impact was not on the government, but those seeking for justice in court and the lawyers that his means of livelihood is in court have equally been denied.

He appealed to the JUSUN to in the interest of the litigants, the inmates and common people to be considerate in their demands for financial autonomy for the Judiciary, saying that it is their right to embarked on strike for their demands “their right has trampled on the right of other citizens that has been denied access to justice by locking up the courts in the name of their actions”

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