‘Special anti-corruption courts deliver 324 judgments in six months’

CJN Walter Onnoghen

The National Judicial Commission (NJC) yesterday said the special anti-corruption courts set up in September last year had within the last six months delivered 324 judgments.

The various courts also struck out 12 cases and reserved 62 for judgment.

In a statement issued yesterday by the Director of Information, NJC, Soji Oye, the figures were contained in the report card of the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trials Monitoring Committee (COTRIMCO) inaugurated in November last year by Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN)and Chairman, NJC, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

Of the 324 judgments delivered, the Supreme Court in Zone A, delivered 52 judgments and reserved seven cases for judgment from the list of 125 cases pending before it.

The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, within the period, also disposed of 74 appeals and reserved 11 for judgment from the list of 137 cases in its docket.

The Federal High Court delivered two judgments from the 91 pending cases before it while the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) delivered three judgments and reserved one case for judgment, thereby leaving an outstanding number of 178 cases.

“In Zone B, 62 judgments were delivered by the six Court of Appeal divisions, 19 Federal high court divisions and 19 high courts of various northern states from the total number of 425 cases pending in the zone, while 12 cases were struck out.

“From the 12 cases struck out, five were from the Court of Appeal and seven from high courts of three States.

“The designated courts in Zone C, (Southern Zone), have delivered judgments in 131 out of the 952 corruption and financial crime cases on-going at the various courts and reserved 43 cases for judgments.

“From the total number of judgments delivered in the zone, the Federal High Court delivered seven judgments out of a total of 304 cases pending before it while the high courts of 17 states delivered 124 cases from the 524 on-going in their various courts.

“The Court of Appeal in the zone has reserved 31 out of 121 appeals pending for judgment. “The Federal High Court on its part, reserved three cases for judgment while the various State High Courts in the Zone have reserved nine cases for judgment.

“The Committee will continue the exercise after the court ‘vacation”, the statement read.

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