Alex Enumah in Abuja
In what can be regarded as an extraordinary achievement, the Court of Appeal has disclosed that it delivered a total of 232 judgments in a space of two weeks in the various appeals pending before it across the different divisions of the court.
The Media Officer of the court, Saâ€™adatu Musa Kachalla, who disclosed this to THISDAY yesterday, as the court prepares to proceed on its annual vacation, slated to commence on July 17, 2017, said the success was due to the setting up of five task forces by the President of the Court, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa.
Kachalla hinted that the PCA, established the task forces in order to ensure that back log of pending appeals before the various divisions of the court were disposed of expeditiously.
She added that Justice Bulkachuwa in the letter of posting, gave the taskforce two weeks each to move round to identifiable division and preside over pending appeals.
The taskforce she noted comprised of justices from less busy divisions like Makurdi, Ilorin, Yola, Ekiti and Sokoto to reduce the workload in Lagos, Benin, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Abuja which are busier divisions.
At the end of the excise, a total of 232 cases were however disposed off by the team.
A document showing the breakdown of the figure shows that in the Lagos Division, the special taskforce from the Makurdi Division delivered 85 judgments, while the special taskforce from Ilorin Division which sat in Benin Division delivered a total number of 57 judgments.
Similarly the taskforce from Ekiti which sat in Enugu Division delivered 38 judgments, while that of Sokoto Division assigned to Abuja Division gave judgments in 31 appeals and struck out two matters.
The justices of Yola Division trashed out 21 pending appeals in Port Harcourt Division.
However, it was interesting to know that the Justices of the various divisions designated to cover the very busy divisions also sat and delivered judgments in their divisions of primary posting.