FG Urged To Compel States To Implement Autonomy Of Judiciary

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Emeka Ozoani has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to compel the State Governments to implement autonomy of the judiciary as ordered by the court.

Speaking with newsmen in Lagos, Mr Ozoani (SAN) said nothing stops the Federal Government from compelling the State Governor’s from implementing the court order since 2014.

He expressed his support for the Judiciary staff to press on their demands for Judiciary autonomy.

“Since 2014 when Justice Ademola (now JCA) delivered the judgment. The judgment of the Court must be obeyed until it’s set aside, not only because you have appealed, it must either be varied, set aside or stayed, without these, it must be obeyed. Till now, there is none”.

He said there is no more law that is required to for implementation, noting that there are cases decided by the court which upheld the autonomy of the Judiciary in tandem with the Constitution and there was no appeal pending. 

He added that it is correct to pursue a policy of financial independence of the court as guaranteed by the constitution and affirmed by the three decisions to of superior court. 

The senior lawyer said that obidience of the judgement of court is at instance of the executives.

According to him, the Accountant General of the Federation and State House of Assembly are the causes of the strike for refusing to obey the order of the court. 

“Tell me why they (JUSUN) should not strike. In my thesis, I said “Accountant General of the Federation and State House of Assemblies: the cause of the the strike”. Even, if the President Buhari is trying to do Executive Order, Section 1(9) of the Order, without prejudice to applicable laws, legislations and conventions, the State tier of government which also provides for financial Autonomy of the State legislatures and Judiciary for allocation and appropriation of funds for the States’ legislatures and Judiciary in the State.  Under Section 7, which create financial Autonomy for the local governments, but have you see one in Nigeria”, he asked.

Wahab Akinlade

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