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Cash Scarcity: Lagos Judiciary Provides Electronic Payments For Court Users

As part of efforts to ease the suffering of court users towards filing processes at the Lagos State judiciary registries, the Chief Juedge, Kazeem Alogba, has resolved to receive cash payments, alongside electronic transfers from the public.

Justice Alogba in a statement signed by the Acting Chief Registrar, Tajudeen Elias, reiterates that the state judiciary is an integral part of the Nigerian judiciary and holds tenaciously to the due administration of justice and the rule of law generally.

The Chief Judge advised court users to make use of the existing electronic platform for payments whilst the development was being dealt with.

Business activities at the various court registries in Lagos State were grounded last week as court officials declined to receive old naira notes from litigants and lawyers on the ground that their official bank, Polaris, is no longer accepting it as legal tender.

Specifically, the account officials at the court registry in Ikeja High Court, who spoke under the condition of anonymity said the attempt to pay in old notes collected by them into the government account was denied by Polaris Bank.

Also Read: Lagos Judiciary Rejects Old Naira Note Despite Supreme Court Order

She also said that they had received a directive from their boss to stop collecting old currency, noting that henceforth, lawyers and litigants must not come with the old currency because it will no longer be accepted.

The officials further said that the only currency acceptable for filing of court processes in the Lagos Judiciary Registry is the new Naira notes.

One of the affected lawyers who did not want to mention his name confirmed that the registry at Osborne Division of Lagos High Court also rejected the old note and turned him back from filling his process.

He affirmed that the problem is not the judiciary official but that of the CBN governor who is visiting anarchy in the nation by jettison the Supreme Court order.

“Non acceptance of old notes would be catastrophe to the nation. The highest court in the land, Supreme Court order is being flouted with impunity. It is obvious that the CBN, especially the governor, Godwin Emefiele is ready to impose a state of anarchy on Nigeria by directing banks against the order of the apex court.”

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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