In a bold display of solidarity, Osun Judiciary workers picketed the office of the Chief Judge, Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo, on Monday morning. The protest, led by the Chairman of Osun Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Oluwagbemiga Olakunle Eludire, highlighted allegations of persecution faced by JUSUN members under the embattled Chief Judge.
Addressing journalists at the Osun State High Court premises, Eludire emphasized that their demands were distinct from those of the state government. The grievances raised during the protest included the non-release of wardrobe allowances from 2021 to date, despite state government funding.
“We demanded from Justice Ojo why our wardrobe allowance from 2021 till date has not been released despite funding by the state government,” Eludire stated. The workers also questioned the Chief Judge about the government directive on promotion and advancement, alleging that it was not utilized for its approved purpose.
Furthermore, the protesters expressed concerns about the alleged unlawful suspension of notable JUSUN members without proper investigation following public service rules. Eludire affirmed their commitment to the cause, stating, “We will not back down until appropriate action is taken on the matter.”
The picketing action underscores the growing tensions within the Osun Judiciary and the determination of JUSUN members to seek redress for their grievances. The developments will likely prompt a closer examination of the issues raised by the protesting judiciary workers.