While the Chief Judges of Jigawa and Ogun States have instructed judges in their domains to resume work instead of proceeding on vacations, that of Kano State has remained silent over the matter.
it is not clear to lawyers in Kano State if judges will go on vacation for the year 2020, considering the fact that they have been away from work for more that three months due to restriction on movements occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Chief Judge of Jigawa State, Hon. Justice Aminu Sabo Ringim, has announced the cancellation of the 2020 Annual Court Vacation in the state’s Judiciary which was earlier scheduled to commence from July 13 to September 11.
The Chief Judge justified the cancellation saying it was necessary “owing to the prolonged stay at home by the Honourable Judges without discharging their adjudicatory functions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
He also said “the volume of cases pending and the readiness of the Honourable Judges to attend to such cases expeditiously with a view to decongesting our Correctional Centres and the backlog of cases in the courts.
According to the Chief Judge, provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and other laws empower him to cancel the vacation.
In a similar development, courts in Ogun State will not go on 2020 annual court vacation, as the state Chief Judge Hon. Justice M. A. Dipeolu, also cited the prolonged COVID-19 lockdown as the reason.
“This cancellation became necessary in view of the lockdown induced by the COVID-19 pandemic all over the Country particularly in Ogun State.
“During this time, all the hierarchy of courts, to wit: the High Court, Magistrate Court and Customary Court will all be operational.
“Please note that individual Hon. Judges will proceed on Annual Vacation as approved by My Lord, the Hon. Chief Judge.”