Lagos - Activities at the Federal High Court, Lagos, were paralysed on Monday as judicial workers began a nationwide indefinite strike.
However, the Deputy Chief Registrar of the court, Mr Bello Okandeji, said that the inactivity was not due to the strike but the ongoing conference of judges in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there were no legal proceedings in 11 of the 12 courtrooms in the court complex.
Okandeji told NAN: "As far as I am concerned, activities of the Lagos Division of this court are disrupted due to the absence of our judges who are attending a conference in Abuja.
"Although, I will not deny having knowledge of the strike by JUSUN, I cannot categorically say it is the reason the courts are empty.
"Whether there is an ongoing industrial action or not, I am yet to officially receive instructions to that effect.
"Until I receive directives from management, I cannot assume and act on my own accord."
Some lawyers who spoke to NAN expressed dismay at the situation.
Mr Femi Oguneye said that he was disappointed when a court clerk informed him that the court would not sit.
He said that none of the court clerks was able to give him cogent reasons for the situation, but only adjourned cases.
Another lawyer, Mr Chijioke Nwankwo, told NAN that he was also disappointed.
NAN reports that only Justice Okechukwu Okeke heard a case involving alleged importation of arms and explosives to Nigeria.
He reserved judgement in the case for April 30.
Judicial workers, under the aegis of Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), began an indefinite strike nationwide to press home the implementation of a consolidated salary structure.
The judges conference is expected to end on Tuesday.