To resume in September
President of the National Industrial Court, Justice Adeniran Adejumo, has approved the deployment of four resident judges to Rivers State.
The judge who spoke on the sidelines during the commissioning of the new industrial court complex built by Governor Nyesom Wike, by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnogen, at the weekend, said the four judges would resume work in the state in September.
Administrative Judge of the National Industrial Court, Rivers State Judicial Division, Justice Avwal Ibrahim, died in early March, this year, leaving only two judges to attend to series of cases before the court.
All cases previously handled by the late Justice Ibrahim have not been attended to. In the same vein, all cases that were yet to be assigned before his death have remained untreated because the two serving judges in the court are of cognate level and as such cannot assign a case to each other.
In a similar vein, fresh cases filed after the death of the presiding judge, Justice Ibrahim, haven’t also been assigned to any judge since the two sitting judges of cognate levels cannot assign cases to either of themselves.
The president of the National Industrial Court stated: “I have approved the positing of four resident judges to Rivers State. And they will resume at the beginning of the legal year in September.”
Justice Adejumo added: “The deployment of the judges to the Rivers State Judicial Division of the National Industrial Court is to ensure the quick delivery of justice to litigants. I am appealing to the governor to provide them with residential accommodation to make their jobs less stressful.”