Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
The Osun State Chapter of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Osun Chapter, Wednesday, declared an indefinite strike in the State Judiciary until their demands are met.
This statement was contained in a release by the State Chairman of JUSUN, Comrade Gbenga Kehinde Eludire, who condemned the barbaric attitude of the police in descending on members of JUSUN Osun, State Chapter, and brutalizing them for no offence other than protesting peacefully to press home their demands.
The statement read: “The Honourable Chief Judge came today in company of gun-trotting and fierce looking policemen who, apparently working on “an order from above,” descended on our members, brutalizing them, teargasing them and chasing them away with sticks.
“Our demands are for an investigation into the rot in the Osun Judiciary under the Chief Judge, the high-handedness, corruption and abuse of office by the Chief Judge.
“Ultimately we call the attention of state government to the plight of some of our members who were unilaterally suspended and their salaries being diverted for over 57 months, and for an improvement in the general facilities and welfare of the judiciary in Osun State. In response, this is what the Chief Judge has now done to us.
“Since the Chief Judge doesn’t want to see our faces again, as his lordship has failed to yield to our demands, coupled with the fact that the National Judicial Council is not doing anything, we hereby declare an indefinite strike action in the entire Osun State Judiciary pending when our demands will be met.
“We also call on the Commissioner of Police to investigate the head of the police team in the escort of the Chief Judge, who acted illegally by brutalizing our members.”