Members of the Law Officers Association of Nigeria (LOAN), on Monday in Calabar, Cross River State capital staged a protest complaining about the delay in harmonization of their salaries with magistrates in the State.
The protesting lawyers, who were received by the Acting Governor of the State, Prof Ivara Esu, vowed to continue the protest until government bowed to their demand.
Led by the state chairman of the chapter, Eneji Amajama, the lawyers shutdown activities at the state Ministry of Justice before marching to the governor’s office in Calabar.
Some of the inscriptions on their placards read: “Pay arrears of salaries of law officers employed in 2016,” “Ayade not the problem, Joe Abang, a stumbling block to harmonization,” and “We are learned gentlemen/women, not illiterates.”
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Amajama accused the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Joe Abang of frustrating every effort aimed at resolving the crisis, maintaining that no lawyer will resume at the Ministry until the matter was settled in their favour.
He said: “We embarked on this strike action to agitate for our welfare. It is not just an empty agitation: it is the official policy of this government that there is parity between Law officers and the Magistracy.