Federal High Court sets up task force to dispose pre-election cases

By Martin Iyonguvihi

A special task force of judges has been constituted by the Federal High Court of Nigeria to swiftly hear and determine all pre-election cases before the court.

According to a circular issued by the Honourable Chief Judge of the Court, the Hon. Justice John Tsoho, on Tuesday (November 2, 2022) and signed by the Assistant Director of Information, Federal High Court of Nigeria, Dr Catherine Oby Christopher, says it became necessary to designate a team of judges, following the large volume of pre-election suits that have flooded the court.

The circular stated that judges, who are members of the task force will suspend all regular cases in their respective courts, due to the urgency of the electoral cases, which are time-bound.

“In view of the large volume of Pre-Election cases filed so far; with the imminent attendant risk of lapsing, it has become necessary to constitute a Task Force to speedily dispose of the matters, particularly in those Judicial Divisions with a glut of them,” the statement read.

Justice Tsoho further stated that the judges will have four weeks within which to dispose of the pre-election cases.

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