The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, on Thursday inaugurated the 20th division of the Court of Appeal in Gombe.
Bulkachuwa said at the ceremony that the court would serve Gombe, Borno and Yobe States.
She said: “Today we are here to Commission Gombe Division of the Court of Appeal.
“I pray that the Gombe Division will not only be the 20th in number, but will rank among the best in performance and justice delivery.
“From inception in 1976, we had only three Court of Appeals: Lagos, Kaduna and Enugu.
“In 1977, the number was increased to five with the establishment of Benin and Ibadan Divisions.
“We have just commissioned the Asaba, Oka and Kano Divisions some days ago.
“So Gombe is going to be the 20th.”
Bulkachuwa said the Division would help people get easy access to justice and reduce difficulties associated with long distance travel to Jos Division.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State said the inauguration of the court marked an important milestone in the development of judiciary in the state and the country in general.
Yahaya, who thanked the President of the court for choosing the state to host the Appeal Court in the sub-region, assured of continued support towards ensuring justice delivery to the ordinary people.
He said: “The new Gombe Division of the Court of Appeal will promote faster resolution of judicial matters, increase access to justice to our people and reduce the cost of traveling for long distance.”
He said the court will be easily accessible to people from neighbouring Borno and Yobe States.
Yahaya assured that his administration would continue having cordial relationship with the judiciary.
The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the court has three Judges from three states.