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Bill To Create Christian Courts Passes Second Reading

Channels Television  
Updated December 6, 2016

House of Representatives on Christian CourtsA bill which seeks to create an equivalent of Sharia Court of Appeal for Christians has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.

The bill seeks to amend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to provide for the establishment of Ecclesiastical Court of Appeal in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and other 36 states.

The sponsor of the bill, Honourable Istifanus Gyang, said when established, the courts would complement the regular courts in adjudicating matters relating to the Christian faith, between individuals and groups that yield and submit to its jurisdiction.

According to him, the judges, who are to be called cardinals, are expected to be drawn from those learned in law, who would be required to administer justice in accordance with christian faith and the laws of the country.