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Union seeks Kano Speaker’s support for judicial autonomy


JusticeTHE Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) Kano State branch has urged the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Kabiru Alasan Rurum, to constitute a committee to examine the issue of autonomy in the state judiciary.

This was disclosed by the Chairman of the state branch of JUSUN, Muktar Rabi’u Lawan, during a chat with journalists in his office. He stressed that, “We are calling on the Speaker to start the process of constituting a committee, as he promised, which would look into our issue of autonomy.”
“If you could remember there was a judgement by a court in January, 2013, which ordered autonomy for the judiciary. Here in Kano we are lucky that the Speaker has intervened and confirmed that he would constitute a committee to discuss with the stakeholders on this,” he said.

According to Lawan, the Speaker assured that he would listen to all sides, “…we are thinking that the court order can be respected through the use of this committee,” he stated.

Lawan said they appreciated the Speaker’s intervention and commended him for his efforts to find a lasting solution to the problem of autonomy in the judiciary.
“This absence of autonomy is what is critically affecting our courts, where you will find courts looking like refuse disposal areas. Go and see Kofar Kudu and Yan Allina Fagge Sharia Court and Upper Sharia Court,” Lawan stated.

He also condemned how some courts operate from hired structures. “Go to Gwammaja Magistrate Court and Dorayi Sharia Court, these courts are operating from private buildings.”

“If we are given our autonomy such things would not happen. Not only are court structures in shambles, even allowances for our judges for example, are not adequate. If we have autonomy, the situation would be different,” he said.

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