In a significant development, Chief Judge Justice John Tsoho has mandated the reopening of the Benin-City division of the Federal High Court for proceedings. The decision comes after the court’s closure due to the imminent threat posed by floodwaters. Dr. Catherine Oby-Christopher, Assistant Director of Information in the Federal High Court, released a statement on behalf of the Chief Judge on Wednesday, providing details of the reopening.
According to the statement, the Benin-City Judicial Division of the Federal High Court has been relocated to a new venue within the High Court complex. The new location is situated opposite the Benin Correctional Centre on Sapele Road in Benin City, Edo State. With this relocation, both courts that comprise the Benin-City Judicial Division have resumed full sitting as of Monday.
The statement concludes by assuring the public that the Honorable Chief Judge, Justice Tsoho, is committed to the smooth functioning of the court. It urges all concerned parties to take note of the new venue and expresses appreciation for their understanding and cooperation during the closure period.
Previously located along the Benin-Auchi road, the Federal High Court in Benin City had to be temporarily closed due to the threat posed by floodwaters. This decision was made to ensure the safety of court personnel, litigants, and the integrity of court proceedings. The reopening of the court in a new venue marks a positive step forward in ensuring the continuity of justice in the Benin-City Judicial Division.
As the court resumes proceedings, legal professionals and litigants can now proceed with their cases, knowing that the necessary arrangements have been made to provide a conducive and secure environment for judicial activities.
More updates regarding the Benin-City Federal High Court Division will be shared as they become available.
- Chief Judge, Justice John Tsoho, issues an order to reopen the Benin-City division of the Federal High Court for proceedings.
- The court has been relocated to a new venue within the High Court complex, opposite Benin Correctional Centre.
- The closure of the previous court location was due to the threat posed by floodwaters.