The Special Courts designated in November 2017 to try cases of corruption and financial crimes in the country have delivered 324 judgements, struck out 12 cases and reserved 62 cases for judgement in the last six months.
According to a statement from the Director of Information of the National Judicial Council (NJC), Mr. Soji Oye, this information is contained in the report card of the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trials Monitoring Committee (COTRIMCO).
The committee, headed by Justice Suleiman Galadima, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, has in the last six months criss-crossed the country to monitor and ensure compliance with the directive of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, to ensure the speedy dispensation of the cases.
Oye said prior to the formation of the committee, the CJN had directed the Heads of Court, during a special session of the Supreme Court to mark the commencement of the 2017/2018 Legal Year, to designate special courts solely for the purpose of hearing and speedy determination of corruption and financial crime cases.
He said, “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 as follows: Zone A: Abuja and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT); Zone B: Northern Zone; Zone C: Southern Zone
“Of the total number of 324 judgements delivered, the Supreme Court, in Zone A, delivered 52 judgements and reserved seven cases for judgement 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 judgement from the list of 137 cases in its docket.
“The Federal High Court delivered two judgements from the 91 pending cases before it, while the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory likewise delivered three judgements and reserved one case for judgement, thereby leaving an outstanding number of 178 cases pending.
“In Zone B, Northern Zone, 62 judgements 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 pending in the zone, while 12 cases were struck out.”
Oye added that of the 12 cases struck out, five were from the Court of Appeal and seven from High Courts of three states.
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