The Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Munta Abimbola, has ordered the suspension of all court sittings for an initial period of two weeks.
This decision is part of preventive measures to curtail the spread of coronavirus by the authorities at various levels.
The order was given by the Chief Judge of the State after the Chief Justice of the federation, Justice Tanko Muhammed, in a memodated 23rd of March ordered the closure of courts across the country.
The Chief Judge of the state said the break which will commence with immediate effect on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, will be for an initial period of two weeks. He added that the two weeks break must be sacrosanct except in matters that are urgent, essential or time-bound according to the court’s extant laws.
The decision to shut down courts in Oyo state and other parts of the country is the latest in the series of measures government and authorities at various levels are taking to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
This virus which originated in China in December 2019 has killed thousands of people in various countries globally. As at press time, the country currently has 36 confirmed cases with one death.