Court of Appeal begins alternate sitting in Lafia

The Court of Appeal, Makurdi Division, Benue, has commenced alternate sitting in Lafia, Nasarawa State to dispense appeal cases from the state at minimal cost.

Speaking during the inaugural  sitting Monday in Lafia, Justice Ignatius Agube, Presiding Judge of the Court, said they have the approval of the President of Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, to hold the alternate sitting.

He added that the decision of the Court to sit in Lafia was aimed at justice and assisting litigants and counsels from Lafia had filled appealed cases in Makurdi, Benue.

Agube said the alternate sitting which began Monday, July 5, would hear 122 appeal cases within two weeks.

He called litigants and counsels to cooporate the Court for its smooth operation and assured them of their determination to ensure justice.

Earlier, Abdulkarim Kana, Nasarawa State Attorney-General (AG) and Commissioner for Justice, expressed gratitude to the Judge for deciding to share sitting between the two states.

He said that the state government would the logistics in terms of accommodations and court room for the sitting.

The AG also appealed that the sitting in the state should be more frequent while calling for the establishment of a Court of Appeal in Nasarawa State.

Similarly, Mr Edward Ashiekaa, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), commended the initiative of commencing alternative sitting of Appeal Court in Lafia.

The Senior Advocate appealed to governors of the 36 states and other stakeholders to address the issue that led to the shutdown of courts in the country for two months to avert a repeat. (NAN)