Judiciary Annual Vacation should be suspended – Ubani

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By Monday Ubani

A former Vice president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Monday Ubani, has suggested that the judiciary should suspend its annual vacation for this year.

 

Ubani made this suggestion in reaction to the indefinite strike declared by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, asking all judiciary workers to remain at home until their demand for financial autonomy has been met.

According to him “It is my opinion that when the courts resume, if possible, they should forgo the annual vacation for this year. They are already on vacation as far as I am concerned.

“I believe this is necessary in order for them to attend to all the cases which have been piling up. The administration of justice in Nigeria is very slow and the ongoing strike is worsening the situation. I have up to five cases of people who have been languishing in Ikoyi and Kirikiri prisons. Some of them have been there for about seven years. Their matters have not come up for trial and it is obvious that the current strike is affecting them adversely.

“There are numerous cases like these all over the country. A lot of people have been arrested by the Nigerian police and their matters cannot be taken to court, even for bail applications.

“Apart from criminal cases, there are also civil cases on land, contract, maritime, aviation and constitutional issues. The strike is affecting every sphere of legal practice. For example, Baba Ijesha cannot be taken to court until the strike is called off, he will have to remain in detention. This also applies to the alleged killer of Ini Umoren.

“These are just a few of the important cases the courts have to deal with once they resume their duties.”


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