Written by Chuks NZEH

Judiciary union: Finance ministry frustrating war against corruption

The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, has threatened industrial action over unpaid salaries of judicial officers, adding that some staffers of the Ministry of Finance were frustrating the war against corruption.

National president of JUSUN, Comrade Marwan Adamu, in a statement in Abuja on Friday lamented a situation where judicial officers, who were expected to try all corrupt cases in the country, are being owed.

He said the workers cannot guarantee industrial harmony in the sector as the hardship faced by its members would force them to down tools.

Adamu also expressed regret over the inability of both the federal and state governments to respect the provision of the constitution of the country as to the independence of the judiciary.

The union boss observed that the non-implementation of the Federal High Court Abuja’s decision on financial autonomy of the judiciary is one of the reasons for woes in the system adding that, "it is corruption for them not respecting provision of the constitution and the court judgment.

"This is to tell you the level of impunity that is going on in the country. In the first place, we do not even have to go to court to enforce the constitutional provision which is self-interpreted, because we need to be more prepared so we approach a court on the matter and got a judgment in our favour, but is unfortunate that right from the previous government, they don't want to comply.

"We went on strike, as well as a memorandum of understanding was even entered into on this matter which influenced us to call off the strike. Ordinary if there is a court judgment you don’t need to renege since you didn’t appeal against the judgment.”

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