Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) on Monday, March 23 has directed all courts in the country to suspend sittings from Tuesday, March 24.

This was contained in a circular titled “Measures on the the spread of coronavirus (COVID -19) and the protection of justices, judges and staff of courts”.

The CJN ordered the suspension of court sittings in the country for two weeks.

The letter 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 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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