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CJN directs closure of all Courts over Coronavirus [Update]

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria [CJN], Tanko Muhammad has ordered all court in Nigeria to suspend sittings across the country with immediate effect for 14 days as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria

CJN Muhammad gave the directive in a communique issued on Monday, March 23, saying that only matters of urgent nature should be attended to by the courts.

The communique stated that the move is to protect justices, judges and staff of courts nationwide.

The communique reads in part:

“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”

Nigerian courtrooms are on many occasions, filled to the brim sparking fears that the disease might be spread around in the courts.

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