Sunday, April 14, 2024

Judiciary workers declare indefinite strike as Osun CJ resumes office under tight security

  • Police fire teargas at protesting workers, journalists

BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO

Members of the Judiciary Staff Union in Osun State have declared an indefinite strike in the state with immediate effect in continous protest against the embattled Chief Judge of the state, Justice Oyebola Adepele-Ojo.

The Point had reported that the judiciary workers had on Monday locked the entrance of the Osun State High Court in Osogbo where the office of the CJ is located, in protest against what they described as unlawful suspension of three of their colleagues and also kicked against the non-release of their wardrobe allowance from 2021 till date by the CJ.

In a similar manner on Tuesday, the workers stormed the premises of the court and continued their demonstration.

On Wednesday, the protest turned violent after Adepele-Ojo drove into the court premises under tight security and went into her office.

Upon sighting Adepele-Ojo, the workers got infuriated and made attempt into gaining access into the court premises.

With a view to dispersing the demonstrators, the police fired tear gas as the protesting workers and journalists scampered to safety.

Reacting, the Chairman, Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, Osun State Chapter, Gbenga Eludire, said the CJ had declared “war” against the workers, and directed the workers to withdraw their services from their respective stations statewide.

“Following the action of the police and the attitude of the Chief Judge, I, Comrade Gbenga Eludire, hereby order that workers in the sector should withdraw their service till further notice,” Eludire announced.

Eludire clarified that the workers were on the court premises following the meeting summoned by the Conference of Judges on Wednesday.

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