Fed High Court Dismisses Suit By Judiciary Staff Union Of Nig Against Edo State

28 August 2020 by VICTORIA ABAH

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed the suit filed by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria against the Edo State Government.

In the suit, the union urged the court to freeze the account of the State Government over alleged refusal to obey a court order asking it to offset the seven months salary arrears owed its members since 2015.

Ruling on the application, Justice Okon Abang described the suit as ill motivated, with the aim of crippling the activities of the State Government, few weeks to a major election.

He insisted that the union adopted a careless and nonchalant approach to enforce the judgment secured since January 2014, having failed to take steps to enforce it.

While dismissing the suit, Justice Abang explained that the application was filed in bad faith and a gross abuse of judicial process, adding that it was vague and devoid of merit.

Members of the union had joined their counterparts in the 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in 2014 to protest over the alleged failure of State Governments to grant autonomy to the judiciary.

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