Following the scary dimension Covid-19 is assuming in the country lately, the Chief Justice of Nigeria has ordered a total shutdown of all courts in the land.
A secular from the CJN and sent to all concerned it reads,
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”