Closure of Osun court crippling administration of Criminal Justice – CSO laments

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By Richard Akintade, Osogbo

The Osun Masterminds, TOM, a civil society organisation yesterday lamented that the continued closure of the court in Osun state due to the strike declared by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, has crippled administration of Criminal Justice and protection of innocent citizens in the state.

Recall that JUSUN declared an indefinite strike November 22, 2023.

The aggrieved workers according to report embarked on an indefinite strike over the unlawful suspension of five of its members by the Chief Judge; stoppage of staff training since 2015; inadequate implementation of staff promotion, non-payment of wardrobe allowance as well as poor working conditions and maintenance of court infrastructures.

Reacting , The Executive Director of the group Prof Wasiu Oyedokun-Alli, while fielding questions from journalists at a press conference organized, said the strike has brought judicial activities in the state to a standstill alleging that the state government is playing politics with judiciary and ought to have made all efforts to resolve issues that may have led to the suspension of the industrial action.

“Continued closure of courts almost two weeks after the Governor announced that the State Government had reached a compromise with JUSUN, the Courts in Osun remain closed. This is lending credence to the suspicion in some quarters, that the Osun State Government is indeed behind the problem, using the impasse to cripple the Justice System in the State, as a proxy war against the State’s Chief Judge.

“Whatever the true intentions of the State Government are, continued closure of the Courts cripples administration of Criminal Justice and protection of innocent citizens, and this is not acceptable. The Courts must open now! Whatever politics is being played behind the curtains must stop immediately so we can allow this critical arm of government to perform its functions” the group said.

The group also challenged the state government under the administration of Governor Ademola Adeleke to make his intention known over the 2bilion naira palliative money given by the federal government to alleviate the suffering of poor Nigerians.

“The questions we continue to ask the Osun State Government however, include how has the Osun State Government utilized the two billion Naira it received?