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Naira Crisis: Lawyers Frustrated Over Inability To File Proceedings

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Lawyers and litigants in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have expressed frustration over their inability to file court proceedings as a result of scarcity of new Naira notes.

Reporters who interviewed some lawyers on Sunday, gathered that the lawyers in Abuja were worried as the situation is affecting their legal practice.

Mr Cleansman Ogidi, at the Federal High Court, Maitama, told NAN that the situation has caused delay and obstruction to most lawyers in filing of proceedings in the courts.

Ogidi said that he intended filing a motion on notice, but could not because the money was not available to pay for the filing fees.

According to him, since the issue of this currency swap, we are not finding things easy in the courts, it’s not only this high courts, even other courts in the FCT.

“We don’t have cash to process proceedings and if we want to do online payment, the network is not easy to access.

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“The Point Of Service (POS) operators don’t also have cash to give their customers.

“I know how much I spent fueling my vehicle to ensure that I come to court to file proceedings, but at the end of the day, I will not achieve anything.

“The situation has led to delays of most of the cases I am attending to in the court. This is too frustrating and worrisome,” he said.

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Mr Joseph Udoh, one of Ogidi’s client, said that he lives in Gwagwalada and attends Maitama court almost every week because of a particular case.

“I have spent so much money in transportation and other logistics, I am not finding it easy because of this currency swap.


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