The Acting President of the Court of Appeal, Monica Dongban-Mensem has ordered the suspension of all cases before its Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states divisions.
In a statement on Tuesday, she said the order was in compliance with the lockdown directive of President Muhammadu Buhari.
President Buhari had in his first address to Nigerians on the coronavirus crisis, on Sunday, ordered residents in the three locations to stay at home for 14 days from Monday.
Justice Dongban-Mensem said with effect from 11:00Pm 30/03/2020, I hereby issue an interim practice directive that all matters pending before the Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun State shall cease in compliance thereof.
She noted that proceedings in states not mentioned in President Buhari’s lockdown directive shall continue with the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Mohammed’s order suspending all court sittings except in matters that are urgent.
“The Bench and the Bar are enjoined to strictly observe the guidelines on Social Distancing as directed by the National Centre for Disease Control.
Counsel and Litigants present in court should be limited to 20 Persons maximum at all times, she said.
She urged lawyers and litigants to make use of online communication, and support the efforts of the Federal Government by observing all guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.