Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has urged the judiciary in the State to hasten action on the trial of criminals especially those related to rape, banditry, murder, and kidnapping.
The Governor who spoke at the 2020/2021 Legal Year held at the High Court Complex in Bauchi on Tuesday, said that speedy trial will help in curtailing the nefarious activities of these criminals not only in the State but across the country.
Bala who appreciated the performance of the judiciary in the State in the area of speedy disposal of cases within the last legal year having disposed of about 2/3 of the cases filed, said that it will enhance the confidence of the common man in the judiciary.
He said in an effort to protect the weak and vulnerable, his administration passed into law, the Violence Against Persons Protection Bill, and explained that, under his watch, criminals who derive pleasure by putting the young ones and their parents through agony will not go scot-free.
“Since my assumption to the office on the 29 of May 2019, I made a decision to operate an open-door policy of an all-inclusive government anchored on transparency, rule of law, accountability and good governance.”
“To achieve that, I carried along other arms of government by collaborating and cooperating with them while recognizing and respecting their independence as enshrined under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).”
He said the judiciary, being a non-elective arm of government has remained the stabilizing factor in a democracy and needs understanding, cooperation, and support of other arms of government.
“Due to my avowed belief in justice, fair play, rule of law and independence of the judiciary, I am doing everything humanly possible within the limited resources available to provide a conducive atmosphere for the judiciary to function effectively and efficiently in accordance with the international best practices,” Bala said.
Bala told the audience that, during the year’s under review, he strived and fulfilled all the promises made to the judiciary during the last legal year ceremony notably the completion of the second phase High Court complex of 8 courts, judges chambers, registrar’s office, court cells, and other offices.
Others are furnishing of the High Court complex with the art and modern facilities, completion of the renovation of Fadaman Mada Courts and also furnishing the courts with modern facilities; completion of the renovation of former High Court 8 into two different courts, provision of brand new and befitting official cars to the Chief Judge, Grand Khadi, judges of the High Courts and Khadis of the Sharia Court of Appeal of the state among others.
“We always respond positively and promptly to memos presented by the judiciary. These have been a milestone achieved for the judiciary in the outgoing year.”
He assured that, in the coming years, his administration will strive to do more in the areas of construction, renovation, and provision of infrastructures for the judiciary.
The Governor who used the opportunity to commission the Honourable Justice Tanko Mohammed High Court Complex’ second phase, pleaded with the judiciary to remain impartial and independent of all external pressures to enable those who appear before judges to have confidence that their cases will be considered fairly and in accordance with the law.
In a keynote address, the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Yakubu Bello Kirfi said the administration of Bala has recorded tremendous achievements in the judiciary in the year 2020.
The State Chief Judge, Justice Rabi Talatu Umar who described the relationship between the judiciary and the executive arms of government as very cordial and collaborative with a lot of understanding, said the Governor has done very well for the judiciary since his assumption of office.
The occasion was attended by the State Deputy Governor, Senator Baba Tela, and other top government functionaries.