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10,000 Cases Pending at Yenagoa’s Federal High Court

The National Judicial Council has shut the Federal High court in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, leaving as much as 10,000 cases pending.

The state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kemasuode Wodu and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Yenagoa and Sagbama raised the awareness that federal courts including the National Industrial Court had been shut for the past six months.

Speaking in Yenagoa on Friday, Kemasuode described the situation as worrisome, saying the two courts were closed down because the presiding judges, Justice Hajiya Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court, and Justice Terseer Agbadu-Fishim of NIC were being investigated by EFCC for alleged corruption.

Wodu said the legal practitioners and the government were worried that the courts were not sitting, adding that the courts had only one judge each.

Government had sent a delegation to the relevant judicial authorities including the Chief Justice of the Federation, the Attorney-General of the Federation and the NBA on the matter without any success.

Apart from Lagos, Abuja and Port-Hacourt divisions, Yenagoa was the next in terms of pending cases at the Federal High Court.

 

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