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Police cells congested, lawyers lament as JUSUN strike lingers in Ogun



The continuing strike embarked upon by the Judicial Workers Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) in Ogun State is now taking its toll on the police and authorized practitioners within the State.

As courts stay shut after one month, police cells in Ogun State are getting congested with detainees, who’re presupposed to have been charged to court docket.

For attorneys, whose predominant place of major task is the court docket, JUSUN strike is like putting an embargo on their supply of livelihood.

A authorized practitioner, who confided in our DAILY POST mentioned, “the strike is affecting our pockets and we will’t wait to have it referred to as off.”

Other than attorneys, litigants awaiting justice, particularly these being remanded for trial in jail are already getting apprehensive; praying that the strike doesn’t linger just like the latest nationwide JUSUN industrial motion.

The Ogun State police Spokesperson, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, defined that the strike was affecting the police in numerous methods.

On account of the strike, Oyeyemi informed DAILY POST in a telephone interview that suspects with capital offences couldn’t be launched, neither may they be taken to court docket.

He added that the strike has stalled many police investigations that want the consent of the court docket.

Nevertheless, to decongest the cells, the police image-maker acknowledged that the police now not detains individuals with minor offenses, particularly within the face of COVID-19; saying they’re being launched on bail instantly.

“There isn’t any manner JUSUN strike received’t have an effect on the police in Ogun. Although the police has the proper to grant bail on some offences, there are some offences that aren’t bailable. Capital offences resembling homicide, armed theft, kidnapping amongst others must go to court docket. So, there isn’t a how the strike won’t be affecting us.

“Apart that, there are investigations that want the permission of the court docket earlier than graduation, however for the reason that court docket is on strike, there may be nothing we will do. We’ve to attend until the court docket resumes.

“We try to decongest the cells, and that’s the reason we aren’t detaining anybody with minor offences. We actually need the strike to be referred to as off on time,” Oyeyemi mentioned.

In his phrases, the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation (NBA), Emmanuel Olu-Alade, mentioned attorneys within the State had been actually affected by the continued strike, interesting to authorities to take heed to the requests of the hanging court docket staff.

“The impact of the JUSUN strike is that attorneys can’t go to court docket to characterize their purchasers, to do what they do usually. The impact can be felt on the police stations. You’ll discover that there are numerous inmates who’re presupposed to be taken to court docket, however they will’t take them to court docket due to the strike. You recognize attorneys don’t have anywhere to go besides the court docket. They need to do one thing concerning the strike.

“I learnt they (authorities and JUSUN) are already negotiating, and they’re on the peak of signing an settlement, that’s what we hope for.

“To my colleagues, please allow us to bear it. We’ve executed what we’re presupposed to do. We can’t pay JUSUN on behalf of presidency. We will solely proceed to attraction to them,” he added.

In the meantime, the Ogun State Lawyer Normal, Akingbolahan Adeniran, mentioned the state authorities is working with the Chief Choose, the Commissioner of Police and the pinnacle of prisons within the State to handle the state of affairs.

Adeniran added that authorities is negotiating with the union to make sure the strike is put to an finish.

He, nonetheless, debunked the declare by JUSUN that its members had been being short-paid.

However, the Chairman of JUSUN in Ogun State, Tajudeen Edun, insisted that court docket staff within the State had been being short-changed by the federal government.

Edun, in an interview disclosed that authorities is but to satisfy with JUSUN for negotiation.

In line with him, a authorities official had referred to as him final week to elucidate that Gov Dapo Abiodun’s father’s burial was the rationale why authorities has not met with the union.

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