The chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Kano branch, Abdul Adamu Fagge, has said that most of the judgements of the state high courts in Kano state were not tested at the appellate courts due to distance and cost.
Fagge, who spoke during the commissioning of the Kano division of the Court of Appeal in Kano on Monday, said the appeal court will “undoubtedly assist and aid in quick dispensation of justice and pave way to easily expound our jurisprudence as some judicial pronouncements of our trial courts are not tested upwards and the reason is not far-fetched.”
He said the commissioning of the court was historic because the bar and bench in Kano state have been yearning for it ever since the establishment of the Court of Appeal in “1976 by the Federal Court of Appeal Act No. 43 of 1976 with only three divisions in Kaduna, Lagos and Enugu.”
Fagge was particularly elated by the roles played by the president of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa; the governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the state attorney-general, Ibrahim Mukhtar and the immediate past chairman of the branch who is now a the commissioner for housing and transport, M. A. Lawan in making the establishment of the court in Kano a reality.
He said the entire people of Kano State, the bar, the bench and the Nigerian judiciary are the main beneficiaries of the court’s new division.
Judicialsketch.com reports that the Court of Appeal division in Kano was commissioned yesterday. While work has been ongoing at the site of the new edifice being built for it, a temporary site has been put in place, furnished and equipped to begin operating.
The governor of Jigawa State joined his Kano State counterpart at the commissioning ceremony.