The Chief Judge of Borno State, Hon. Justice Kashim Zannah has ordered the suspension of all court sittings in the state, saying it was an ”appropriate response to the Coronavirus pandemic necessitates physical (social) distancing by all persons in order to stem the spread”.
In a notice on Tuesday, Justice Zannah said it has become imperative to halt court sittings as they entail close contact of persons and large gatherings.
The Chief Judge said: ”In order to safeguard the health and lives of litigants, staff, lawyers, judges, etc. and to stem the spread of the virus, I, Honourable Justice Kashim Zannah, Chief Judge of Borno State hereby direct that:
”All courts in the state immediately suspend sittings until the 13th day of April 2020. All staff and judges observe the recommended distances and desist from crowding spaces, including offices. The Vacation Judge of the High Court, the Chief Magistrates Court 1 and the Upper Sharia Court 1 shall be open but only to handle urgent and timebound matters while strictly enforcing the physical (social) distancing requirements.
”All Judges, Staff and Lawyers are advised to seek knowledge of the pandemic through authentic sources https://edition.cnn.com/audio/podcasts/corona-virus and avoid unverified WhatsApp, etc. information As society leaders, you will be believed and taken seriously and misinformation from you may cost lives.” The Chief Judge counseled. .
Much of the country’s economic and social activities slowed since last week due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the latest report from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, there are 44 confirmed cases of the highly infectious virus nationwide.