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The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has insisted that the 36 state governors must respect what the 1999 Constitution stipulated on the contending issue of full autonomy for the judiciary.
The legal body regretted that the closure of courts across the country has not only debased the country’s democracy, but has adversely affected the fortunes of the legal practitioners, urging the governors to swiftly accede to the request of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, to resolve the conundrum.
The NBA also urged the federal government to convene a roundtable discussion, where all stakeholders can meet, ruminate and proffer solutions to the senseless killings and kidnapping of innocent Nigerians.
The NBA, Ado Ekiti Branch, said these in Ado Ekiti at a press conference heralding the 10th Annual Law Week being held in honour of a Legal Icon, Chief Afe Babalola, SAN.
The Branch Chairman, Adeyemi Adewumi who gave the theme of this year’s Law week as: “The 21st Century Lawyer: Integrating Business Skills with Legal Knowledge”, said: “The Courts are shut due to the strike by JUSUN, who are agitating for the implementation of financial autonomy for the Judiciary.
Adewumi said Nigerians and recognized groups should be bold enough to demand for justice for those whose lives were being wasted like they did during the protest against the scrapped Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
Speaking on the Annual Law Week, Adewumi, said the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi would chair the Are Babalola Public Lecture to be delivered by Prof Tayo Oke.