Don’t Hold On To Cases Outside Your Jurisdiction, Niger CJ Tells Magistrates

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By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna


Chief Judge of Niger State, Justice Mohammed Aliyu Mayaki has tasked Magistrates across the state to promptly let go of all cases outside their jurisdiction as soon as such cases are brought before them for trial so as to speed up dispensation of justice elsewhere.
The Chief Judge warned that it was against the grain of justice for a law court that has no right to entertain a high level criminal case outside it’s scope and mandates to waste time on adjourning hearing on such a matter brought before it.
Justice Mohammed Aliyu Mayaki spoke in Kontagora and Rafi council areas respectively as part of his state wide tour to correctional facilities where he interfaced with Magistrates, officials at correctional facilities and prison inmates as well.
He therefore charged Magistrates to guard against unnecessary delay during prosecution especially on cases they have no jurisdiction to handle.
He stressed on the need to ensure justice for all saying delay in Justice or prolongation in trial negates the essence of justice delivery. 
The Chief Judge advised that there should be good synergies between the state’s Director of Public Prosecution, (DPP) and the state Commissioner of Police, (CP) adding that such relationship would facilitate justice for inmates especially those on awaiting trial.
He suggested that henceforth, Commissioner of Police in the state should be represented at the correctional facilities where he tours to have a face hand information on the situation in such places.
The state Chief Judge ordered the immediate release of four inmates at the Kontagora correctional facility and two others at the Kagara correctional facility after going through their separate case files during his visits there.
He commended the officials at the Kagara and the Kontagora correctional facilities for ensuring welfare of the inmates and maintaining good environment of the respective facilities. He urged the Comptrollers to keep up the good work.

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