Naira redesign: Lawyers, litigants frustrated over inability to file proceedings

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Vivian Emoni

Lawyers and litigants in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have expressed frustration over their inability to file court proceedings as a result of the scarcity of new Naira notes.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) interviewed some lawyers and litigants in Abuja on Sunday.

It gathered that the lawyers were worried as the situation was affecting their legal practice.

Mr Cleansman Ogidi, at the Federal High Court, Maitama, told NAN that the situation had caused delay and obstruction to most lawyers in the filing of proceedings in the courts.

Ogidi said that he intended to file a motion on notice, but could not because the money was not available to pay for the filing fees.

According to him, since the issue of this currency swap, we are not finding things easy in the courts, it’s not only this high courts, even other courts in the FCT.

“We don’t have the cash to process proceedings and if we want to do online payment, the network is not easy to access.

“The Point Of Service (POS) operators don’t also have cash to give their customers.

“I know how much I spent fueling my vehicle to ensure that I come to court to file proceedings, but at the end of the day, I will not achieve anything,” he said.

Mr Joseph Udoh, one of Ogidi’s clients, said he was living in Gwagwalada and attending Maitama court almost every week because of a particular case.

“I have spent so much money on transportation and other logistics, I am not finding it easy because of this currency swap,” he said.

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Another lawyer, Mr Wilson Adodo, in Karu, FCT Magistrate’s Court, said he was frustrated because of the inability to make payment online for filing fees to enable him to file an application for bail.

According to him, “as long as I am not able to file the application for bail, my client will remain in prison custody.”

Adodo appealed to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and relevant authorities to circulate more new Naira notes to the public, adding that the effort would ease the suffering of poor Nigerians.

Also, Mrs Roseline Eduwah, a businesswoman in the FCT, said that she lost her handset and Permanent Voters Card (PVC), and issuing authority demanded court affidavit.

Eduwah said that she went to FCT High Court, Maitama, to get the affidavit, but could not obtain it.

“This is because I did not have the new Naira notes and my effort to make online payment was unsuccessful,” she said.

A civil Servant in the FCT, Mr Aaron Ugwu, who was preparing for his retirement, has expressed displeasure over the currency swap.

Ugwu said that he spent over six hours in the First Bank while he was looking for new Naira notes to obtain an affidavit in court.

“I queued at the First Bank in Commasse House, central area in Abuja, just for N5,000, but at the end of the day, I could not get the money.

“I cannot go back to the court for the affidavit, I needed the court affidavit to correct my name in the record in my office.

“The spelling of my middle name, in my National Identity Card, is different from the one in my office record, I need an affidavit to correct it, as I am about to retire,” he said.

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