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Judiciary deserves financial autonomy -Legal practitioner

By Ifeoma Ofurum

Legal practitioner and human rights activist Barr. Wisdom Durueke, has thrown his weight behind the struggle by the judiciary staff to be self accounting, saying that it allows adequate separation of powers as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution.
Barr. Durueke, who spoke to Christian Voice, recently, frowned at the situation where the Executive arm of the government dictates for both the Legislature and the Judiciary and called for a change.
The Judiciary staff in Imo State have been on strike over the implementation of high court judgement that ratified financial autonomy for the Judiciary.
Durueke advised the Imo State government to set up a conflict resolution team to dialogue with the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JSUN), Imo State Branch so as to resolve the matter amicable, observing that states such as Enugu and others have since resolved their own differences.
He lamented that the three week-old strike has adversely affected proceeding in court as well as other legal matters that need to be treated, pointing out that the government had made no moves to resolve the strike.
According to him, the accumulation of matters in court is detrimental to both lawyers and judges because it would lead to rush anytime it is called off.
Access to fundamental human rights, he said, is hampered as anyone who requires court bail would not obtain it and so ends up spending extra time in detention.
Barr Durueke also pointed out that it is affecting the lawyers financially.
“Let them (judiciary staff) be self accounting to enable them run along their own professional lines”, he said.

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