- The Nigerian courts are shutting down due to the spread of coronavirus
- The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Tanko Mohammed has ordered the suspension of all court sittings
- The CJN directed that only matters that are urgent should be attended to by the courts
As part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Tanko Mohammed has ordered the suspension of all court sittings except in matters that are urgent, for 14 days.
The CJN's directive was contained in a communique issued by on Monday, March 23.
The communique stated that the move is to protect justices, judges and staff of courts nationwide.
“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,” part of the communique read.
The Nigerian Bar Association had earlier recommended the closure of courts in the country.
Nigerian courtrooms are always jam-packed sparking fears that the viral disease might be passed around in the courts.
Virtually all segments of the Nigerian society is gradually shutting down as the West African country battles to curb the spread of coronavirus.
On Sunday, March 22, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu directed all zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and commissioners of police nationwide to ensure social restriction orders to curtail the spread of coronavirus.
The IGP in a statement issued on his behalf by the police spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, directed that all legitimate orders given in pursuant to the containment efforts on the viral disease are strictly enforced within their areas of jurisdiction.
IGP Adamu also warned against unnecessary arrests and detention of suspects, even as he enjoined Nigerians to voluntarily adhere to the orders of relevant authorities concerning the disease.
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On Monday, March 23, the Nigerian government announced the closure of all land borders for four weeks as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.
The government had earlier shut down three international airports as part of its strategic measures to curb the spread of coronavirus across the country.
The airports are; Mallam Aminu Kano Airport, Kano; Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu; and the Port Harcourt Airport, Rivers.
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