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NBA Joins Judiciary Workers To Seek Financial Autonomy



NBA Joins Judiciary Workers To Seek Financial Autonomy

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has added its voice to the demand of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) for financial autonomy.

Consequently, it has directed the association’s chairmen nationwide to visit the governors of the 36 states on Monday and demand the implementation of judicial financial autonomy.

NBA President Mr Olumide Akpata, who stated this in a letter to lawyers on Friday night, said the governors had shown no willingness to comply with the law and a judicial decision on the matter.

He said lawyers would visit the State Houses every Monday and present a written demand for the implementation of judicial financial autonomy until the governors comply.

JUSUN on April 6 sealed all federal and state courts nationwide in the enforcement of its indefinite nationwide strike over the non-implementation of judicial financial autonomy.

The strike is to press home JUSUN’s demand following a landmark High Court judgment of January 13, 2014, which confirmed the autonomy of the judiciary in line with the spirit and letter of the Constitution.

The judgment was followed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between JUSUN and relevant stakeholders under which parties agreed to give effect to the judgment, but most state governments are yet to comply.

States have also ignored an Executive Order by President Muhammadu Buhari requiring them to obey the law.

JUSUN said on Friday that it would begin a nationwide protest on Monday.

Reacting to the impasse on Friday night, Akpata described the demand for financial autonomy as “legitimate, constitutional and is in the best interest of the judiciary as it is one of the key parameters for enthroning independence of the judiciary and fostering democracy.”

He said with the recent actions and utterances of officials of some of the state governments, “it has become apparent that most of the state governments are not ready or willing to implement the constitutional provisions which grant financial autonomy to the judiciary.

“After due consultations with several stakeholders, we have come to the inevitable conclusion that the NBA must take more decisive steps at this troubling moment. We must, as a body, act in consonance with the aims and objects of our Constitution, by effectively playing our role in the defence of the independence of the judiciary which this fight for financial autonomy seeks to achieve.

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“In view of the above, the chairmen of all the branches of the NBA are hereby requested to effectively mobilize their members and pay visits to their respective State Governors at the Government Houses on Monday, 19th April 2021 to press home the demand for implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary.

“At the visit, NBA branches in each state are to present a jointly written demand to their state governor requesting full compliance with existing legislative instruments and court judgments on the financial autonomy of the judiciary.

“The chairmen of the NBA branches are further requested to ensure that these visits are embarked upon, every subsequent Monday until there is full compliance with this demand that is aimed at strengthening our democracy and the dispensation of justice.

“We trust that our members will give the leadership of their respective branches all the support that they require to achieve this much-needed victory for our justice system.”

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His death was confirmed by Prince Oyesinmilola Diya. He said the former military administrator of Ogun State passed on to glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.

Born on the 3rd of April, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Buhari-Idiagbon coup of December 31st, 1983.

Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.

He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.

While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

He held other top military posts like GOC, 82 Division and finally the Chief of General Staff (military Vice President) to Gen Sani Abacha

The statement read: “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband,Father, Grandfather,brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.

“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.

“Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.”

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The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices, on Friday held that the appeal Adeleke lodged to challenge his sack by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, was meritorious.

Aside from setting aside the judgement of the tribunal, the court, in its lead judgement that was delivered by Justice Mohammed Lawal, awarded N500, 000 cost against the All Progressive Congress, APC, and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola

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The PDP made the suspension on Thursday after an extensive review of the affairs of the party, pursuant to the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).

The PDP also referred the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to the National Disciplinary Committee over his reported involvement in anti-party activities.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.

“The PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to remain united and focused at this critical time,” the statement added.


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