From Rashidat AbdulRahman, Minna
Niger State Governor, Umaru Muhammad Bago, has called for synergy between the Executive and the Judiciary arm of government.
Governor Bago stated this at the special court session to mark the commencement of the 2023 /2024 Legal Year on Tuesday at the High Court Complex in Minna.
Governor, who explained that the judiciary plays a crucial role in upholding the rule of law and ensuring justice for all, commended it for its tireless efforts in protecting the rights of citizens and maintaining the integrity of the legal system.
He said the state government will to strive to increase public trust and confidence in the judiciary as well as ensure that transparency, accountability and integrity are upheld at all levels and in all aspects of the legal profession as the state continues to promote ethical conduct and professionalism among legal practitioners.
Earlier, in her remarks, the State Chief Judge, Hon. Halima AbdulMalik explained that the essence of observing the legal year is to undertake a comprehensive assessment of work done and achievements made in the preceding year, as well as identify challenges encountered and make projections for the future.
Justice AbdulMalik lamenting the recent abducted of Mallam Muhammed Namaru, the Registrar of Sharia Court Ibbi area of Magama local government.
The CJ said the Registrar was abducted at the court premises by the arm bandits on the 11th April 2023 and was later killed by his abductors.
“The issue of insecurity in the state has forced us to close four magistrate courts, I also understand that eleven Sharia courts have been closed down as a result”.
She also explained that the Administration of Criminal Justice Law( ACJL) monitoring team has been inaugurated in line with section 528 of the law, in order to check incidences of thuggery and insecurity being experienced in the state, particularly within Minna and its environs.
“We have designated four High courts and five Magistrate courts in the different judicial divisions and magisterial districts to expeditiously handle such cases,” she added.
The Chief Judge further disclosed during the session that, 32 staff had retired under the year review, adding that the Judiciary Service Commission (JSC) dismissed a total number of 32 staff, while one staff got his appointment terminated.
She said that the decisions were taken after thorough investigations in which the affected staff were accorded fair hearing, as they staff were involved in corruption and corrupt practices.
Justice AbdulMalik, acknowledged the fact that the inauguration of the three-man revenue generation committee has tremendously improved the revenue generation of judicial in the state, stating that before the committee, the highest revene generated by court division in a year was N1.9 million but with the committee, over 12 million naira has been realised between October and December 2022.
Also speaking at the event, Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Hon. Nasiru Mu’azu said that the pursuit of justice, fairness and the rule of law is not a mere concept, saying the legal system is a beacon of hope for those seeking redress.
He advocated the strengthening of the legal system to ensure that it truly represents the diverse society it serves and emphasised the need for togetherness to break down barriers, eliminate biases and create a legal community that reflects the richness of the nation.