Judicial Workers' Strike Stalls Daniel's Trial

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The strike action by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria JUSUN, Ogun state chapter, southwest Nigeria, Friday stalled the trial of the former governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.

Daniel is facing some count charges levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and has been docked severall time before today’s trial was stalled by the industrial action of the workers.

The embattled Daniel who was in Ikenne-Remo this morning to pay his last respects to the matriach of the Solarin family, Mrs Sheila Mary Solarin who was buried today, is facing charges ranging from misappropriation of public funds, alleged fraudulent conversion of public properties, abuse of office among other charges.

The court could not sit today due to the strike action and a source from the court confirmed to our correspondent on phone this morning that no date has been fixed for further hearing.

Meanwhile, an executive member of the union in the state told P.M.NEWS that the industrial action will continue until the state government meets their demands.

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“The strike action will continue and nothing will stop us from getting our rights this time around. It has been long we have been meeting with the government and they have been giving us unfulfilled promises. This time there is no going back, it is either we get our rights or we paralyse judicial activities in the state,” he said.

The judicial workers are at loggerheads with the state government over their Consolidated Judiciary Salary, CONJUS which the government has not paid for over a year now.

They gave an ultimatum of 7days to the state government to look into their matter and the ultimatum lapsed on Thursday, 25 October, 2012 and they began
the indefinite strike on Monday 29, October, 2012.

By Abiodun Onafuye, Abeokuta