From Beauty John, Lafia
The Makurdi Division, Benue State, Court of Appeal, on Monday, commenced alternate sitting in Lafia the Nasarawa State capital to dispense appeal cases from the state.
The Presiding Judge of the court, Justice Ignatius Agube, during the sitting said they have the approval of the President of Court of Appeal in the country to hold the alternate sitting.
According to him, the alternate sitting will last for two weeks before the 2021 legal year, adding that the decision of the court to set in Lafia was aimed at ensuring justice and assisting litigants and counsels from Lafia who had filled appealed cases in Makurdi, Benue State.
He therefore called on litigants and counsels to cooperate with the court for its smooth operation and assured them of their determination to ensure justice.
Earlier, Abdulkarim Kana, Nasarawa State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice appealed to the necessary authority to establish a Court of Appeal in Nasarawa State.
Kana, while expressing gratitude to the Judge for deciding to share sitting between the two states, pleaded that the sitting should be on equal basis.
He assured that the state government on their part would provide the necessary logistics in terms of accommodations and court room for their smooth sitting.
Reacting to the Attorney General’s plea, Edward Ashiekaa, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), assured him that at their level, they would support the establishment of a Court of Appeal in Nasarawa State.
Ashiekaa then called on all the state Governors and other stakeholders to address the issue that led to the shutdown of courts in the country for two months to avert a repeat.