On Thursday, Judiciary Staff Union (JUSUN, threatened to strike over unpaid salaries in the federal judiciary, according to media reports.
For two months, Justices of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal, as well as judges of the Federal High Court, the National Industrial Court, the Federal Capital Territory High Court, have not received their salaries.
In addition, staff members of various other courts and federal judiciary institutions are also affected, according to reports.
In a statement the President of JUSUN, Marwan Adamu, argued that the failure to pay members of his union would hamper the Federal Government’s war on corruption.
“The government cannot be claiming to be fighting corruption when the welfare of judges who will decide the cases is ignored. That is a way of encouraging corruption on the bench.
“We want to warn that if the government does not address this urgently we will be forced to embark on a nationwide strike,” Mr. Adamu said.
The JUSUN president also condemned the non-implementation of the judgment of Justice Adeniyi Ademola of a Federal High Court, Abuja in January 2014 affirming the financial autonomy of the judiciary.
However, Mr. Adamu did praise the efforts by five States to procure the funds necessary to pay judicial staff members.