The Nasarawa State chapter of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), on Tuesday, took to the streets of Lafia, the state capital where it protested the scrapping of the Customary Court of Appeal by the state government.
During the protest, JUSUN members also disrupted sitting at the High Court 1, where the Chief Judge (CJ), Suleiman Dikko, is the presiding officer.
Comrade Jimoh Musa, the state Chairman of JUSUN, who led the protest, said that the union is rejecting in totality the scrapping of the Customary Court of Appeal by the government.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the protest, he announced the commencement of an indefinite strike following the failure of the state Chief Judge to meet the Union’s demands that has to do with welfare.
He disclosed that the National Judicial Commission (NJC) has given three slots to the state for the appointment of three Judges into the Customary Court to enable it form quorum for sitting, but up till now nothing was done.
The protesters also called on the CJ to stop all illegal deductions from members’ salaries.
He added that the union is only struggling for better welfare for its members but not fighting with anybody.
JUSUN chairman said the decision to embark on the strike action was reached at a congress meeting.
“We reached a consensus that if the CJ did not meet our demands that has been lingering, we will resume our suspended indefinite strike.
“We have been too patient and tried hard to avoid this last resort but we have no choice but to press home our demands,” he said.