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COVID-19: Federal High Court Chief Judge Goes Into Self-Isolation

Justice John Tosho

BEVERLY HILLS, July 17, (THEWILL) – The Chief Judge (CJ) of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Justice John Tsoho, has gone on self isolation and ordered some key staff in his office to do same.

The court’s Acting Information Officer, Catherine Oby Nwandu made this public a statement issued on Friday.

The statement said they are to remain in isolation pending the outcome of screening tests conducted on the CJ, members of his immediate family and close aids, following a confirmed case of COVID -19 among his official aids.

The statement reads: “The Honorable, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Hon. Justice John T. Tsoho has gone on self isolation and ordered some key staff in his office to do same, pending the results of screening tests done for the Chief Judge, members of his immediate family and close aids, following a confirmed case of COVID -19 among his official aids.

“The Federal High Court recognizes that health and safety are paramount in the sphere of justice delivery.
“The court is thus following medical protocols and all precautionary measures for the COVID – 19 prescribed by global and national health authorities.

“His lordship has further encouraged strict compliance with the precautionary medical protocols issued by national and international health authorities to curb the spread of COVID 19.

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“He urged the staff of the court to go about their lawful duties, while ensuring that they are well protected.

“The Chief Judge is deeply moved by the prayers and well wishes of colleagues, staff, extended family and friends and appreciates them for keeping faith at this moment.”

‎The court, in a circular on Friday, directed the fumigation of all offices in the court building in Abuja.

The circular by Deputy Director, Administration, Mrs. Maimunat B. Folarin‎ reads: “I am directed to inform you that the Chief Registrar has requested the fumigaton of all the offices, including court halls, judges’ chambers, Chief Registrar’s office, Accounts, Stores, Admin, library, litigation offices at the headquarters on Saturday 18th July 2020, commencng from 10am prompt.
“It would be highly appreciated if you will detail one of your staff to supervise the opening and locking up of your office(s)‎ on the aforesaid date.”