The Federal government is to establish an Appeal Court division in Kano state, President of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa has said.
Speaking to newsmen in Kano today, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa said Kano deserved to have Appeal Court division as majority of the cases being handled at Kaduna state division of Appeal Court were from Kano.
Justice Bulkachuwa said, “This has signified that the people of Kano state know their rights. Once the state meets the requirements, a division of appeal court would be established in Kano.
“The problem we are facing is that we don’t have enough judges on ground. Presently we have less than 90 Appeal Court judges in the whole country. They are grossly inadequate to treat the cases we have on ground. Going by the requirement, Nigeria is expected to have at least 90 Appeal Court judges, but we have per less than that.”
Bulkachuwa, who led other judges to the state to handled appeal court cases, said they were in the state to treat 285 pending cases between today and 22nd of this month.
She added that the team comprised of six judges and that they would divide themselves into two groups.
She explained that they were from Jigawa state and that after Kano state they would move to Katsina state for same purpose.
On his part, the Acting Chief Judge of the state, Justice Nura Sagir, said going by its population, Kano state deserves to have a division of appeal court, noting that people were facing some difficulties going to Kaduna state for their appeal cases.
Justice Sagir said Kano had 85 Magistrate courts, 120 Shari’ah courts and 20 High courts.
Earlier, the Attorney General of the state, Barrister Ibrahim Mukhtar, assured that Kano state government would be willing to give all necessary support for the establishment of Appeal court in the state.