Court of Appeal will continue to expand ― Justice Bulkachuwa
PRESIDENT of Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, has said the recent expansion of Nigeria’s Court of Appeal is aimed at ensuring that access to justice is easily attainable everywhere.
Justice Bulkachuwa who was in Kano on Monday to commission the newly approved division of the court in the state, said all the newly-created divisions across the country will curtail the frustrations that litigants encounter while trying to exhaust their rights to appeal.
She, however, disclosed that the division will reduce cost of appeal, minimise the frustrations occasioned by distance and make all the processes of filing appellate briefs easier and faster.
Bulkachuwa then gave assurances that the expansion mission would continue until the court is satisfied that access to justice has been made a routine exercise.
Speaking on the occasion, the Kano State Chief Judge, Justice Nura Sagir, said: “The people of Kano and Jigawa are indeed very grateful for the unflinching support towards the actualisation of the division,” Justice Sagir said.
Sagir also commended Ganduje for his untiring commitments and continuous support which made Kano a developed and peaceful state.
“In the judiciary, we say more grace to your elbows, the judiciary under my watch will continue to be proactive and efficient in the administration of justice”, Sagir said.
According to him, with the Kano division, distance has significantly shrunk and the less privileged will find it easier to pursue their cases beyond the state high courts.
A circular dated 22nd January 2020 indicated that four new divisions of the court have been added in Asaba, Awka, Gombe and Kano.
The same circular said, Hon Justice A. D. Yahaya has been posted to serve as the presiding judge in Kano while Hon Justice H. A. Abiru and Hon. Justice A. A. Wambai would also sit on appeal in the division.