FLASH: CJN Tanko Orders Suspension Of Court Sitting Nationwide
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad, has directed for suspension of court sitting across the country for the next two weeks, starting from Tuesday (today).
Tanko gave the directive in a circular to all heads of courts as part of efforts to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the court.
The CJN said only matters that were urgent, essential or time bound could be heard within the period.
The circular read, “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, March 24, 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 thereby directed to bring the content of this circular to the notice of all stakeholders in justice administration, please.”