On Monday morning, there was some minor drama when security officials locked the National Assembly’s gate and refused to let members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in.
Lawyers are marching peacefully in support of judiciary employees who are opposing financial autonomy.
They had gathered at the Court of Appeal gate earlier in the day before marching in large numbers to the National Assembly to register their demands.
The two gates to the National Assembly were locked after security officials saw the lawyers in their vehicles.
“People like you can’t just be in the National Assembly…” one of the security officers told the lawyers.
On Friday, the NBA President ordered its branch chairmen across the country to lead “visits” to government houses in their states in protest of the 36 governors’ alleged refusal to enforce the judiciary’s financial autonomy.
The association’s president, Olumide Akpata, issued a statement ordering the branch chairmen to lead “visits,” which are more like peaceful marches, on Monday and every Monday thereafter until the demand for the judiciary’s financial autonomy is met.
It urged the branch leaders “to effectively mobilise their members” for the “visit to the governors at the state government houses” to press home the demand.
JUSUN since April 6, 2021, left the courts in Nigeria under lock and key because of the non-implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary as the third arm of government.
They commenced a nationwide strike today, April 19, 2021.
See below, photos of the NBA members at the NASS gate …