Eric M. Kuju
The Makurdi Division of the Court of Appeal is holding alternate sitting in Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State.
The sitting commenced today (Monday July 5, 2021) and it held at the open court in the premises of the Nasarawa State Ministry of Justice.
Speaking before the cases were called, the presiding judge, Justice Ignatius Agube welcomed all the learned counsel and the litigants to the court while calling for their cooperation for the smooth running of proceedings.
He said: “We have not been here since our posting and we decided with the permission of the President of the Court of Appeal and powers that be in Nasarawa State, that we should at least come to seat here for two weeks before the end of this legal year.
“So, let me welcome all the learned counsel who are here and the litigants. I pray and crave your cooperation so that we will work in harmony in the interest of justice and in the interest of the people of Nasarawa State and Nigeria in general. Let us try not to overheat the proceedings because we have a lot of cases on our hands. So that we can hear as many cases as possible before we leave this place.”
Also speaking, Nasarawa State Attorney General and Honourable Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Abdulkarim Kana expressed happiness that the Court of Appeal is able to sit in Lafia.
“We are always happy to have the honourable Court of Appeal sitting in Lafia. It is an extension of their service being a court of which Nasarawa State is part of its catchment areas. We appreciate that My Lord has been able to, before the end of this legal year, come to Lafia to spend some time.”
He also expressed hope that the court will come back before the end of the year (2021) to spend more time in Lafia so that justice will be brought closer to the people.
The Nasarawa State Attorney General assured that the government will try to see that everything required for a convenient and successful stay is provided.
According to records obtained from the court, a total of 122 cases are scheduled to be heard within the time it will be sitting in Lafia.