March 3, 2024

Chief Justice Muhammad Suspends all Court Sittings Nationwide for 14 Days in Coronavirus Shutdown

As the whole world is reeling from the threat of the coronavirus, thee Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad has ordered the suspension of all court sittings for 14 days except in matters that are urgent.

This is contained in a communique issued by the Chief Justice on Monday.

Last week, the Justice Muhammad had ordered that anyone who refused temperature screening at court entrances be denied entry.

Full text of the latest statement

RE: PREVENTIVE MEASURES ON THE SPREAD OF CORONA VIRUS (COVID – 19) AND THE PROTECTION OF JUSTICES, JUDGES AND STAFF OF COURTS


Further to my earlier Circular Ref. No. NJC/CIR/HOC/II/629dated 20th March, 2020, on the above subject matter. 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.

Hon. Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR
Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman,
National Judicial Council.

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