Osun Judiciary in Uproar: JUSUN Rejects National Dissolution, Vows to Fight Back.
The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Osun Chapter, has rejected the dissolution of its state executive committee by the national leadership of the union.
Mr. Olugbemiga Eludire, the chapter chairman, stated in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Osogbo, that a protest letter would be forwarded to the national body in Abuja regarding the dissolution.
Eludire highlighted that the dissolution of the chapter’s executive committee by the national body lacked due process.
“We’ve just concluded an emergency congress to address JUSUN’s national body decision, and we have decided to lodge a formal complaint with the national leadership.
“Our members outrightly reject the decision made by the National Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria to dissolve the chapter’s executive committee. We are resolute in our goals and will not be deterred or impeded,” he asserted.
The national leadership of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria had, on Monday, dissolved the chapter’s executive committee and substituted it with a three-member caretaker committee.
NAN reported that Osun JUSUN declared an indefinite strike on Nov. 22, resulting in the suspension of judicial activities in the state following allegations of police teargassing its members during a peaceful protest.
The union was protesting against alleged high-handedness and misconduct by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Adepele Ojo.
The protest occurred amid state government plans to suspend the Chief Judge and appoint the next most senior high court judge in an acting capacity.
However, in a statement in November, the national leadership of the union disassociated itself from the strike initiated by the chapter.
It cautioned that the union would not permit itself to be manipulated as a political tool “to settle any perceived or actual political disputes.”