The leadership of the Nigeria Bar Association, Kano branch, Thursday appoints a committee to get palliative materials for its members as COVID-19 forces closure of courts.
Branch secretary, Mujtaba Adamu Ameen said in a statement made available to Judicial Sketch that the branch set up the committee “for the provision of palliative support materials for the branch’s young and vulnerable lawyers with the view to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 crises…”
Mujtaba said “The committee is expected to report back to the branch within one week.”
The committee, to be headed by the branch’s assistant secretary, Ibrahim M .G. Sagagi, has the mandate to seek contribution from interested members for onward distribution to deserving members, especially those whose earnings are not significant and the young ones.
Sagagi told Judicial Sketch that some senior members have “began to respond. We have received contributions from some members, and the branch has taken some amounts from its account. The distribution would be made after we might have received all we can. Then, we will take stock of what we have, decide what to purchase with it and identify those who will benefit.”
He said a day would be appointed for the distribution soon, adding that anyone interested in helping members of the branch should come forward to do so as soon as possible because “in situations like this, the earlier assistance is given to the needy, the better.”
Other members of the committee, according to the release, are M. B. Zahraddeen (secretary), Tosin Kudufoke, Haruna Musa, Salihu Umar Kududdufawa and Mukhtar Bello
Recall that the National Judicial Council has suspended court sittings for two weeks, effective from Tuesday, March 24, 2020 in order to safeguard justices, judges and staff of court across the country from the scourge of the dreaded Coronavirus.
Chief Justice of the Federation, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, signed the directive to halt court proceedings, except for matters of extreme urgency, for an initial time-frame of fourteen days in order to forestall the spread of COVID-19, and in compliance with medical advice on social distancing as one of the ways to stay safe as the pandemic rages around the world.