By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Since justice delayed is justice denied, anything that leads to unnecessary delays, adjournment in trial processes and subsequent prolongation in adjudication of criminal and civil cases at law courts is abhorrible in dispensation of justice, Chief Judge of Niger State, Justice Mohammed Aliyu Mayaki has said.
Justice Mayaki tasked Magistrates and Police prosecutors handling criminal and civil cases in Courts across the state to guard against unnecessary adjournments of cases as this usually gives rise to cases of awaiting trial, delay in prosecution and denial of justice.
The Chief Judge charged Police prosecutors to equally ensure speedy but diligent investigations of all criminal and civil cases at their disposal to guard against unnecessary stay of prisoners in correctional facilities while awaiting trial.
Justice Mayaki spoke while addressing Magistrates and Police prosecutors in Suleja during his visit to the correctional facility at Suleja as part of efforts to decongest prisons in the state.
He cautioned against indiscriminate abandonment of inmates in prison without trial and prosecution saying justice is a right that must be done.
Justice Mayaki explained that he was on tour of correctional facilities to see pending cases awaiting trial, review such cases that have stayed over time without prosecution and look at prisoners who had over stayed their limits.
The Chief Judge, after going through the case file of an inmate at the Suleja correctional facility, ordered for his prompt release for lack of prosecution and equally directed the retrial of six other inmates awaiting trial who had admitted guilt for charges brought against them.
Justice Mayaki while admonishing those responsible for prosecution and adjudication to be up and doing in their respective duties, said unnecessary adjournments in the trial process of an offender could lead to unnecessary congestion in prison as well as denial of justice in the long run.