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The president of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), Justice Benedict Kanyip, said on Monday in Abuja that the court disposed of 1, 486 cases in the outgone 2019 to 2020 legal year.

He said over 6,000 cases are pending before the court.

Mr Kanyip made this known at a ceremony to mark the beginning of the new 2020 to 2021 legal year.

He said the figure was understandable as 627 cases were disposed of in the fourth quarter of 2019, while in the first quarter of 2020, a total number of 619 were disposed.

Mr Kanyip said the figure however, dropped to 240 in the second quarter of 2020, the period in which the COVID-19 lockdown was most severe, according to him.

The president, in addition, said that in all, between October 2019 and June, 2020, 1,486 cases were disposed of.

He said this earned the court the annual vacation as the court worked even during the trying times of the COVID-19 lockdown.

“As at March 13, the court had 6,596 cases in its docket across the country with Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Ibadan leading in that order.

“Today, the total number of cased that are pending are 6095. This means that 501 cases were disposed of between March 13 and Sept. 30, 2020.

According to him, “these measures have given expeditious disposal of cases, as well as minimize the rate of transmission of the dreaded COVID-19 during the period of the pandemic.”

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