Judiciary Autonomy: Group demands visa ban on 34 governors



A civil society organization, the Civil Rights Realization and Advancement Network on Tuesday called on the United States, United Kingdom and Canadian to impose visa ban on 34 state governors, their families, and their Attorney-Generals over their refusal to observe the constitutional provision on the funding of the judiciary.


The organization in a letter to the US Ambassador, British and Canada Higher Commissioners in Nigeria, said the continued lockdown of courts as a result of the governors’ refusal to observe the financial autonomy of the judiciary had constituted a grave assault on the Nigerian Constitution.

The letter titled ‘Appeal for your intervention and urgent need to impose visa ban on the 34 state governors, their families and the 34 Attorney-Generals of the respective states of Nigeria’, dated May 4, 2021, was signed by Olu Omotayo and Dr. Danjuma Gambo, President and member, National Advisory Council for the group.

The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria had on April 6 embarked on nationwide strike to protest against the non-implementation of financial autonomy of the Judiciary by 36 state governors.

The group in the letter, enjoined the US, UK and Canada governments not to see the strike as a mere strike of court officials/workers in Nigeria, but look at it from the point of the insistence by respective state governors except the Lagos and Rivers, that Judiciary, the third arm of government should never be independent.

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