Chief of Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad has ordered the closure of all courts in the country as part of efforts to contain the spread of Coronavirus.
This was made in a communique issued by the CJN on Monday.
The order will come into effect from tomorrow (Tuesday) for an initial period of 14 days, except in matters that are urgent.
Tanko said, “In view of the reality of the COVID-19 in the country and in order to take further preventive steps, all Heads of Courts are from tomorrow, the 24th day of March, 2020, directed to suspend court sittings for an initial period of two weeks at the first instance, except in matters that are urgent, essential or time bound according to our extant laws.”
Nigeria presently has 36 confirmed cases of Coronavirus with one death recorded so far.
A former Managing Director of PPMC Suleiman Achimugu on Monday became the first Nigerian to die of Coronavirus. He died In Abuja, two weeks after he came back from the United Kingdom.