Osun: Protesting judiciary workers shut high court gate
Members of the Judiciary Staff Union in Osun State barricaded the entrance to the Osun State High Court in Osogbo on Monday.
Their protest was aimed at expressing their dissatisfaction with the Chief Judge, Adepele Ojo, and the management’s handling of judicial affairs in the state.
The protesting workers, led by the chairman of JUSUN in the state, Mr Gbenga Eludire, prevented movement into the premises from 7:00 am.
Staff, lawyers and other people with business on the premises of the court were kept at the gate by the protesters who locked the entrance.
There was also large presence of police operatives who stationed their vehicles near the entrance to the premises.
Armed with placards with inscriptions such as ‘Judiciary staff deserves better,’ ‘We are tired of oppression and stagnation,’ and ‘Unlawful suspension of Judiciary staff without recourse to Judicial Service Commission is barbaric,’ among others, accused Ojo of refusal to pay wardrobe allowances of workers in the last three years.
Speaking with journalists, Eludire accused Ojo of suspending workers without following due process, adding that the Chief Judge had put a stop to statutory training for workers to improve their productivity. Punch