13th December, 2010
A division of the Appeal Court for Benue and Nasarawa states is to begin sitting inÂ Makurdi on 7 January, 2011.
This was disclosed to newsmen at Government House, Makurdi, by Justice Isa AyoÂ Salami, President Court of Appeal, who after a tour of facilities provided by theÂ state government for the court for the take off of the court, expressed happinessÂ with what he saw so far.
Accompanied on the inspection by the presiding Judge, Court of Appeal, Abuja,Â Justice Mohammed Garba; Justice Monica Vincent of Jos Division and other justices ofÂ the Court of Appeal, the Justice Salami further hinted that he had already appointedÂ three justices to man the Makurdi Division.
He praised Governor Gabriel Suswam for providing a conducive atmosphere for theÂ anticipated take-off of the court.
The governor, who was represented by the stateâ€™s Attorney-General and CommissionerÂ for Justice, Mr. Chive Kaave, thanked Justice Salami for giving approval for theÂ citing of the court in the state, assuring that government will give everyÂ assistance needed for the successful operation of the court.
Kaave noted that the establishment of the Appeal Court in Benue will reduce theÂ trauma suffered by litigants and their clients travelling to Jos for their cases.
Among the facilities in the court are a befitting court room and four-bedroom flatÂ accommodation for the resident judges.