Unpaid salary: JUSUN to freeze Plateau, Benue states’ accounts

The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has commenced move to have the accounts of Plateau and Benue states frozen over the state’s alleged refusal to pay the salaries of court workers for five months now.

JUSUN’s President, Marwan Adamu disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja Thursday.

Adamu said the union’s teams of lawyers have concluded plans to seek court’s orders to freeze the accounts of both states.

He said such treatment will be extended to the 15 states, whose courts were still on strike owing to the governors’ refusal to allow financial autonomy for the states’ Judiciary as per the January 13, 2014 judgment of the Federal High Court.

He identified the states to include: Kaduna, Yobe, Taraba, Adamawa, Nasarawa, Plateau, Benue, Anambra, Abia, Enugu, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Edo and Cross River.

Adamu, who blamed the governors for the prolonged strike, said the industrial action would have been suspended before now had the “governors done the needful to save the sector from further ridicule by enemies of democracy.”

The JUSUN President, who hailed President-elect, Mohammadu Buhari for his success in the election, urged him to, on assuming office, treat the resolution of the crisis in the Judiciary as a matter requiring utmost attention.

He urged JUSUN members in the 15 states still on strike not to waver, but remain “resolute in the struggle to free the justice sector from the excruciating control of the governors.”

Adamu, who urged well meaning Nigerians to intervene and prevail on governors of the 15 identified states to comply with the subsisting court judgment, assures that his group will not succumb to any intimidation or blackmail.

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