Nigerians most litigious people on earth, CJN Ariwoola laments

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola on Monday, lamented that Nigerians, especially the political class are the most litigious people on earth putting unprecedented pressure on the Judiciary.

Justice Ariwoola canvassed the need for the Nigerian public to do less litigation and embrace more of alternative dispute resolution to free the courts of unnecessary over-stretching of human and material resources.

Speaking against the incessant rush to court after every little disagreement, the CJN explained that Nigeria has various alternative dispute resolution mechanisms across the country that can conveniently be leveraged on, with a view to freeing the courts of the incessant case overload.

“In every little disagreement, we rush to court; and in every lost case, we rush to appeal even up to the Supreme Court, no matter how little the issue might be. That has obviously accounted for the several appeals pending in Supreme Court.

“Though we receive scathing criticisms from members of the public over our over-blotted docket, we are neither in any position to regulate case inflow to the court nor have the supernatural powers to attend to all in one fell swoop,” he said.

Justice Ariwoola spoke at the Supreme Court in Abuja at a special court session to mark the 2022/2023 legal year of the Apex Court and the inauguration of the 62 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria SANS.

Justice Ariwoola explained that during the 2021/2022 legal year alone, the CJN revealed that the Supreme Court entertained a total number of 1,764 cases, comprising motions and appeals.

Out of the figure, he said the Justices of the Court heard 816 Civil, 370 Criminal and 16 Political matters, making a total of 1,202 motions.

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