by Stanley Azuakola
Hear ye the revelation of today: there are 110, 000 cases pending in Nigerian courts. Yes, you heard that right –110, 000.
This information came from none other than the Administrator of the National Judiciary Institute, Justice Umaru Eri, a man who should know. He was speaking during the commissioning of a multi-door court in Katsina State.
When Justice Eri did the breakdown, it came down to a situation where 40,000 people with court cases in Nigeria depend on one judge. He said that there was an urgent need for more judges nationwide to quicken the dispensation of justice.
Eri was represented at the event by Mr Gilbert Tor, who said that 10, 000 different courts in the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT were handling the 110, 000 cases under reference.
In the judge’s opinion, the establishment of the multi-door court will help in reducing the pending cases in court. He advised that the multi-door court be well utilised and that people be enlightened on the importance of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
Other guests at the multi-court commissioning were the Katxina State Governor, Ibrahim Shema and the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Sadiq Abdullahi Mahuta.