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Rights group demands visa ban on 34 governors over refusal to implement judicial autonomy

Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network, CRRAN, has called on the United States, United Kingdom and Canada to impose a visa ban on 34 state governors over their refusal to observe the constitutional provision on the funding of the judiciary.

On April 6, the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria had embarked on a nationwide strike to protest against the non-implementation of financial autonomy of the Judiciary.

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In a letter sent to the embassies of the aforementioned countries, the group lamented that the continued lockdown of courts was as a result of the governors’ refusal to grant full autonomy to the judiciary.

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The letter, obtained by The Punch, was co-signed by the President and a member of the National Advisory Council, Olu Omotayo and Danjuma Gambo.

The letter partly read, “The clear provision of Section 81 and Section 121, of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, (as amended) provides the mode for the funding of INEC, the Legislature and the Judiciary.

“How do you guarantee independence and impartiality of a judiciary when the chief judges are always on their knees begging the governors for funds in order to maintain a supposed sacred institution?

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“We also urge you to immediately impose visa ban on the 34 state governors in Nigeria and their families; and also the 34 Attorney-Generals of the respective states of Nigeria and their families.”

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