No vacation for judges until election petitions are over-Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa


The Court of Appeal President, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, has cancelled this year’s judges’ annual vacation which usually lasts about two months.

The Media Officer, Sa’adatu Musa-Kachalla, said in a statement on Sunday that it was due to “the number of election petitions the court is faced with.

Bulkachuwa explained that since election petitions were time-bound, there would be the need for a timely determination of the appeals arising from them by the Court of Appeal.

The statement also stated that 65 election petitions relating to the last governorship, state House of Assembly, National Assembly and presidential elections had so far been either dismissed or struck out, while 735 were pending before 77 tribunals sitting across the country.

The Federal High Court judges had, last week, commenced their annual vacation and some other federal courts’ judges were due to commence theirs on Monday, July 15.

Bulkachuwa communicated the directive cancelling the annual vacation of the appeal court judges in a two-page circular on July 2.