Judicial symbol for justice
The Special Anti-Corruption Courts have so far delivered judgments in 324 cases, striking out 12 and reserved 62 for judgment since it was designated in November 2017.
The Director, Information of the National Judicial Council (NJC), Mr Soji Oye disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
The special courts were established to assist the traditional courts in the speedy trial of corruption and financial crimes cases.
He said the figure formed parts of the report card of the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trials Monitoring Committee, (COTRIMCO) made available to the council.
Oye said the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, had on November 2017 inaugurated the committee to determine the causes of slow pace of corruption and financial crimes cases.
He said the committee, headed by Justice Suleiman Galadima, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, had in the last six months toured the country to ensure courts complied with the directive of the council.
“Prior to the formation of the committee, the Chief Justice had directed the Heads of Court, at a Special Session of the Supreme Court to mark the commencement of the 2017/2018 Legal Year, to designate the special courts.
““These courts are solely for the purpose of hearing and speedy determination of corruption and financial crime cases.
“”Upon receipt of the lists, the committee divided itself into three sub-committees to cater for the easy monitoring and evaluation of the said cases in the different zones of the country.
“”They include Zone A: Abuja and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Zone B: Northern Zone, and Zone C: Southern Zone.
“”Of the total number of 324 judgments delivered, the Supreme Court, in Zone A, delivered 52 judgments and reserved seven cases for judgments from the list of 125 cases pending before it, leaving an outstanding number of 73 cases.
“”The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, within the period, also disposed of 74 appeals and reserved 11 for judgments from the list of 137 cases in its docket,’’ he said.
Oye further the Federal High Court had so far delivered two judgments from the 91 pending cases before it.
He also said the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory delivered three judgments and reserve one case for judgment leaving an outstanding 178 cases pending.
“In Zone B, Northern Zone, 62 judgments were delivered by the six Court of Appeal Divisions, 19 Federal High Court Divisions and 19 High Courts of various Northern States from the total number of 425 cases.
Oye said at total of 12 cases were struck out.
“”From the 12 cases struck out, five are from the Court of Appeal and seven from High Courts of three States,’’ he said.
“The designated courts in Zone C, (Southern Zone), have delivered judgments in 131 out of the 952 corruption and financial crime cases on-going at the various Courts and reserved 43 cases for judgments.
““From the total number of judgments delivered in the zone, the Federal High Court delivered seven judgments out of a total of 304 cases pending before it,’’ he said
Oye, however, said that the High Courts of 17 states within the jurisdiction had delivered 124 cases from the 524 on-going in their various courts.
According to him, the Court of Appeal in the zone has reserved 31 out of 121 appeals pending in the court for judgment.
He said the Federal High Court, on its part, reserved three cases for judgment while the various State High Courts in the Zone had reserved nine cases for judgments.
He said the committee would continue the exercise after the courts’ vacation. (NAN)
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