Security officials locked the gate of the National Assembly and refused to allow members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to gain entrance as they are protesting for financial autonomy for the judiciary.
The lawyers are on a peaceful march in solidarity with judiciary workers who are protesting financial autonomy.
They converged at the Court of Appeal gate before proceeding to the National Assembly in their numbers, to register their demands, but security officials upon sighting the lawyers in their vehicles locked up the two gates to National Assembly.
“People like you can’t just be in the National Assembly…” one of the security officers told the lawyers.
The NBA President, Olumide Akpata, had earlier on Friday directed NBA Branch Chairmen nationwide to lead protests to government houses in their respective states over the 36 Governors’ alleged unwillingness to implement judiciary’s financial autonomy.
It urged the branch leaders “to effectively mobilize their members” for the “visit to the Governors at the state government houses” to press home the demand.
JUSUN since April 6, 2021, left the courts in Nigeria under lock and key because of the non-implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary as the third arm of government.
They commenced a nationwide strike today, April 19, 2021.