Connect with us

JUDICIARY

Okowa Announces Full Autonomy For Delta Judiciary

Published

on

 

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on Tuesday said the Judiciary in the state had been accorded full autonomy in line with the law.

Okowa made this known when he received the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Marshal Umukoro, who came with other judges in the state’s judiciary to the Government House to intimate the governor of his impending retirement.

He said with the signing of Judiciary Autonomy Law in January, 2021 and the setting up of the relevant committees by the Chief Judge, the state is ready to begin the process of implementing full autonomy for the judiciary.

The governor stated that the state House of Assembly had been enjoying autonomy for the past two years even when some states were yet to start the process till date.

“I have never been against it, and that’s why we went ahead to push for the law. The House of Assembly has been operating their own autonomy since two years even before they started talking about it in this country.

“It has worked. I have not found any reason to regret that action. So, I believe too that there is no reason why the judiciary cannot run its own autonomy.

“I do also believe that it does not stop the arms of government from relating with each other.

“The budgets are made on a yearly basis and the only challenge is that many times we are unable to fund it in full.

“However, what will be released on a monthly basis will be subject to the returns that come from Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC),” he said.

He explained that with the commencement of the full process, the Chief Judge had been empowered to effect his own direct approvals without having to resort to the governor.

“I am very happy to do that because it reduces the number of files on my table. So, I want to announce the full autonomy of the judiciary with the setting up of the committees.

“I am not doing this for any gains. I believe that it’s right and just; I believe too that it’s in the best interest of governance in our nation and that’s how we have also thought about it in the House of Assembly.

“I want to generally advise that autonomy does not stop governance from progressing; in fact, it helps governance and I believe that it is something worth doing,” Okowa stated

He thanked judges in the state for their role in ensuring delivery of justice.

Your Primary Constituency Awaits for You.

“So my Lord, the Chief Judge, I want to congratulate you for setting up the committee.

“Apart from the files that are expected to come to my office, I will advise that no further files should be sent because you are now expected to approve your files by yourself because that’s the process of the autonomy.

“We thank God that whatever that has a beginning has an end, and I am glad that you have worked so hard to improve on the judicial process in the state.

“I truly appreciate your service to the state and the relationship you kept with the executive arm of government and my family. It was God who made it possible for you to conduct my inauguration in 2015 and 2019.

“The judiciary in Delta has continued to walk tall and what I hear happening in other states, I never witnessed it here.

“I have never had cause to worry here and I must thank the Chief Judge and all his brother judges for their cooperation.

“It is my prayer and hope that God will continue to be with you in the course of your retirement,” the governor stated.

Earlier, Justice Umukoro had said that he led the judges to visit the governor as part of the valedictory activities leading to his disengagement as a judicial officer and head of the judicial arm of government in Delta.

JUST IN: JUSUN To Call Off Strike Subject Clarifications, Guarantee From Governors

He expressed appreciation to Governor Okowa for his support to him since he became the helmsman of the judiciary in 2015.

“Since I came on board six years ago, you treated me as a brother and I am grateful for your support even during the death of my wife.

“As Chief Judge of Delta, I can confidently say that we have never had any crisis and we have been able to manage ourselves effectively.

“I am here to deeply appreciate you for supporting me throughout my tenure as Chief Judge of the State and to also thank you for approving the process for the implementation of full autonomy for the state judiciary,” he stated.

The insightful text which goes for twenty-five thousand naira [N25,000] only ( with free delivery throughout Nigeria for those who take advantage of the early bird offer ), has 18 chapters and over 600 pages of expository content. It is ‘a comprehensive book on the policy, legal and regulatory framework governing the Nigerian Telecommunication sector’.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

JUDICIARY

NBA condemns attack on Delta court by thugs

Published

on

By

The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA , Warri Branch has condemned the attack on the Delta State High Court 4 by thugs in Warri South Local Government Area.

The NBA in a statement signed by its Chairman, Emmanuel .O. Uti and Mr. Joseph A Omonoseh, Secretary respectively expressed shock and sadness over the unprovoked attack and invasion by the thugs.

Anti Daba Unit: NBA petitions Kano police commissioner over alleged torture to death of 21 year old boy

The NBA noted that the act led to the disruption of court proceedings in a suit challenging the succession to the stool of the Olu of Warri Kingdom which was ongoing peacefully.

The NBA said the hoodlums who were armed with dangerous weapons, chased away judicial staff, litigants, lawyers including a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN who was representing one of the parties and disrupted the proceedings.

The NBA condemned the act describing it as despicable and a desecration of the hallowed temple of Justice.

“The NBA Warri branch condemns in totality this unprovoked attack and barbaric behaviour by the hoodlums/thugs and therefore calls on the Inspector General of Police, the Commissioner of Police, Delta State and the Director of State Security Services to immediately set up a team of investigators to unmask the perpetrators of this reprehensible act.

“We also call on Security Operatives to immediately set in motion measures to nip in the bud this ugly trend by providing adequate security in and around the Court premises in Delta State to prevent a reoccurrence of this ugly trend.

 

“We advise the players in the ongoing succession tussle to sheath their swords and allow peace and the law to take its full course as we cannot afford to see our peaceful and loving Warri Kingdom engulfed by the flames of crisis.”

Continue Reading

JUDICIARY

22-year-old man to die by hanging for robbery

Published

on

By

A 22-year Kehinde Olajide has been sentenced to death by hanging for armed robbery in Ekiti State.

A High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti on Thursday sentenced Kehinde for involvement in robberies.

Job Scam: Court Sentences Kano Civil Servant to 1 Year in Correctional Center.

He was docked for arming himself with dangerous weapons to rob Dayo Folorunsho, Saka Yusuf, Adeoye Oluwatosin, Adeola Oluwatobi, Olayemi Aremu, Hambali Ojo and Ayodele Oluwafemi of their belongings.

Justice Lekan Ogunmoye who pronounced the judgement, said that “the prosecution had proved ingredients of armed robbery against the convict without any reasonable doubt

Ogunmoye said, “He is hereby sentenced to death by hanging until he is dead. May God almighty have mercy upon his soul”.

The convict and others who were involved in the alleged robbery were charged with nine count charges bordering on conspiracy, unlawful possession of firearms and robbery.

Court Orders 20 Strokes, 180 Days Against Six Phone Snatchers In Kano

The three other men involved in the robbery include, Kareem Azeez (24), Bamisile Lateef (28) and Adebayo Basiru (25).

The Judge, however, acquitted them for lack of proof of the offence they were charged for.

Continue Reading

JUDICIARY

Job Scam: Court Sentences Kano Civil Servant to 1 Year in Correctional Center.

Published

on

By

The Kano State Senior Magistrate Court presided over by Haulatu Magaji has convicted Kano Civil Servant Abubakar Jibril to 1 year in Correctional Center with an option of fine to the tune of N50,000.

Arraigning the suspect before the court, the prosecution counsel Barrister Halliru Isa told the court that Jibril was found to be collecting money under the pretence of providing jobs to applicants.

Court Orders 20 Strokes, 180 Days Against Six Phone Snatchers In Kano

He told the court that the offence against Abubakar Jibril contravenes section 342 of the penal code.

After reading the charge on him, he pleaded guilty and sought for leniency, stressing that he was first time offender.

Prosecution Counsel prayed the court to try the defendant summarily acccording to section 151 of Criminal Procedure Code.

NSCDC Arrests Kano Civil Servant Over Job Scam

Consquently, Magistrate Haulatu Sentenced Jibril to 1 year in Correctional Center. Her words ” Having admitted with the content of the charge I here by sentence you to 1 year in Correctional Center with the option of N50,000 as fine. Similarly, you are to pay the complainants N700, 000 or to spend 6 months in Correctional Center in case of any default”.

It could be recalled that the convict who is a staff with Kano State Agency For Mass Education was apprehended by the operatives of NSCDC while selling appointment letter of NSCDC to public.

NDLEA Bursts 3 Indian Hemp Production Hubs in Kano

Recall that when he was paraded to Journalists by NSCDC, the convict confirmed that he downloaded referee form from the Corps’ website and selling it to his victims under the pretence that he will secure job for them.

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2021 by Justice Watch News. Design by Sharfadi Technology.

%d bloggers like this: