CJN shuts down courts over COVID19

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, has suspended all judicial activities in courts nationwide as from Tuesday March 24, 2020.

Justice Muhammad who gave the directive, Monday, through the spokesman of the Supreme Court, Dr. Festus Akande, asked all courts’ heads to adhere to his directive.

The statement reads in part: “Re-Preventive measures on the spread of coronavirus. (COVID-19) and the protection of Justices, judges and staff of courts.

“Further to my earlier circular Ref. No. NJC/CIR/HOC/II/629 dated 20th March, 2020, on the above subject matter.

“In view of the reality of the COVID-19 in the country and in order to take further preventive steps, all heads of courts are, from tomorrow, the 24th day of March, 2020, directed to suspend Court sittings for an initial period of two weeks at the first instance, except in matters that are urgent, essential or time bound according to our extant laws.

“Your Lordships are hereby directed to bring the content of this Circular to the notice of all Stakeholders in justice administration, please.”

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