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COVID-19: CJN orders closure of courts for 2 weeks

Justice Tanko Muhammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria

Chief Justice Muhammad Tanko has ordered closure of courts as a precautionary measure to protect judges and judicial officers.

He directed all heads of courts to suspend all courts activities in the court temporarily for two weeks effective from today, Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Judges are only allowed to attend to pressing issues or time-bound cases in their respective courts.

The circular titled ‘RE: PREVENTIVE MEASURES ON THE SPREAD OF CORONA VIRUS (COVID – 19) AND THE PROTECTION OF JUSTICES, JUDGES AND STAFF OF COURTS’ with Ref. No. NJC/CIR/HOC/II/629 reads;

“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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