…as Abuja Division of Appeal Court Commences Sitting in Kogi
By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The President of Court of Appeal, Honourable Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa has warned members of the Bar in Kogi State to desist from filing frivolous applications or measures that may cause unnecessary delay in proceedings during the two weeks of sitting of of the Abuja division of Court of Appeal and Panel of Sharia Appeal in Lokoja, the State capital.
Justice Bulkachuwa gave this warning While speaking during the inaugural sitting of the Special or Court of Appeal Abuja division sitting in Lokoja, said the lawyers may avoid the frivolous briefs from their client no matter how lucrative as they may seem.
She explained that the commencement of yet another special session of the court of Appeal, stressing that this a tradition of the court whereby moves to one of the States within its jurisdiction to determine matter expeditiously.
The President noted that the initiative is to aid quick dispensation of justice, soliciting the cooperation of all stakeholders in this regards.
She pointed out that the fallout of initiative has recorded 323 judgements delivered within two weeks,acknowledging this extraordinary milestones recorded by Brother Justices.
“As can be seen from the team of justices here present, headed by my humble self we will have two regular panels civil and criminal and one Sharia panel.”
According to her, “the two panels will sit over 198 appeals consisting of 150 civil Appeals and motions with 48 criminal Apeals and motions and another Panel Justices will sit over 11 Sharia Appeals”.
In his welcome address, the Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasiru Ajanah commended the President of Court of Apeal, Justice Sainsbury A.Bulkachuwa for the establishment of a Division of Appeal Court in the state, saying the importance can not be over emphasized.
Ajanah stated that since his appointment as Chief Judge of the State has tried within the available resources to bring justice closer to the people, adding that he has sustained twenty High Courts located along the length and breadth of the State.
“In addition,we have before now provided facilities for the take of the Federal High Court before the court formerly established in the State. We are presently doing the same for the National.Industrial Court for which we have provided Courtroom, Judges’ accommodation and enabling environment in preparation for the takeoff for the sitting of the court in the State,” He stated.
The Chief Judge also stated that the number of appeals emanating from Kogi State to Appellate Court had made it imperative to seek this indulgence for this sitting alone there are over 200 appeals to be heard.
“We also wish to express our profound gratitude to the President of Court of Appeal and through her to Chief Justice of Nigeria as it a fact that since her appointment as President of Court of Appeal,not less than six indegens of Kogi State have been found worthy to be conferred with the revered rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). The most recent are the Hon Attorney General of Kogi State,Ibrahim Mohammed (SAN) and Ibrahim Atadoga (SAN),” He stressed.