Senate yesterday urged the 36 Governors to grant autonomy to the Judiciary, insisting that autonomy for the third arm of Government is non-negotiable.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, made the call while fielding questions from reporters in Abuja.
Recall that the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, (JUSUN), had declared an industrial action and nationwide protests to compel governors to obey the 1999 constitution (as amended) and Executive Order 10 which granted autonomy to the judiciary in the country.
Bamidele said it is laughable to be grappling with judicial autonomy at this stage of the nation’s development.
While responding to a question, Opeyemi said, “The National Assembly has been making laws that would guarantee full autonomy to the judiciary at the Federal level.
“The National Assembly does not make laws for the states; such power resides in the state Houses of Assembly.
“Judiciary at the Federal Capital Territory is independent because we have done what we are supposed to do.