Security Agents Deny Protesting Lawyers Entry Into National Assembly

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Security agents on Monday aborted plans by protesting members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to gain entrance into the National Assembly Complex, Abuja as they shut the gate against them.

The lawyers are on a peaceful march in solidarity with Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) who are on a nationwide strike for  financial autonomy for the judiciary.

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The NBA members had earlier converged at the Court of Appeal gate before proceeding to the National Assembly in their numbers, to register their demands.

Security officials upon sighting the lawyers in their vehicles however locked up the two gates to National Assembly.

NBA President, Olumide Akpata had earlier on Friday directed its branch chairmen nationwide to lead “visits” to government houses in their states over the 36 governors’ alleged unwillingness to implement judiciary’s financial autonomy.

A statement issued by him directed the branch chairmen to lead the “visits” on Monday, and on all other subsequent Mondays until the demand for the judiciary’s financial autonomy is met.

It urged the branch leaders “to effectively mobilise their members” for the “visit to the governors at the state government houses” to press home the demand.

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