The body of Attorneys-General has condemned the frequent shutting of courts entrance gate to prevent judges, litigants and magistrates from gaining access to courts, saying such action portends danger to the judicial system.
They said locking out of judges under the pretext of enforcement of court judgment was bad for Nigerian judicial system.
The Attorneys- General who said such action would also deprive awaiting trial detainees access to justice, appealed to the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) to reconsider their plan to embark on strike on October 2nd, 2014.
In a communique signed by the Chairman, Body of Attorney-General of Ondo State, EyitayoJegede (SAN), the Commissioners said: “The body of Attorneys-General further reviewed incidents of strike and picketing of the courts by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and decried the practice where Honourable judges, Magistrates and litigants are locked out of court under pretext of enforcement of court judgement.
“This practice portends great danger to the entire system of justice administration and has a negative effect of depriving awaiting trial detainees of their liberty and access to justice. JUNSUN was enjoined to reconsider its recent notice to resume strike on 2nd of October, 2014.”
But commenting on the resolutions of the body of Attorneys-General over recent development in the country, the Lagos State Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaye said the 36 Commissioners for Justice in the country also backed the President’s directive to Inspector General of Police to dismantle all roads blocks set up for the enforcement of the revenue collection.
Ipaye said that the body of Attorneys-General would also meet with the national leadership of JUNSUN on ways to resolve the issues.