By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Bauchi, Abubakar Abdul-hamid Bununu has called for renewed synergy between the Bench and Bar, Justice Ministry and Police Operatives (CID), as well as between the Courts and Ministry of Justice to facilitate speedy dispensation of Justice.
The envisaged synergy renewal between those coordinating bodies, the NBA chairman observed, would go a long way in ameliorating the hardships being encountered in prosecutorial tendencies.
Bununu, who noted that delays in justice dispensation lies in so many places, said however that the synergy between the judicial-cum-security bodies would to a significant extent propel the wheels of speedy dispensation of justice in the state courts.
The NBA chairman was fielding journalists’ questions Thursday, following last week visits to custodial centres across the state by the Chief Judge-led committee to which Bununu was a member.
The Bauchi Chief Judge, Justice Rabi Talatu Umar-led committee periodically review cases of awaiting trial inmates (ATMs), especially those who stayed long, more than 4, 5 and 6 years under trial.
“The problems causing delays in the dispensation of justice lies in so many places which cannot be exhausted within a reasonable time of this interview, I would rather call for renewed synergy between the Bench and the Bar, Ministry of Justice and Office of Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of criminal investigation bureau, and between the Courts and Ministry of Justice”.
Bununu explained that the periodical visits of the committee are aimed at getting the correctional centres decongested through the release of those that committed lesser offences.
The NBA chairman said that the release of such inmates will make them have sense of belonging, as well as the feeding that government is responsive to their predicaments.
“The government is moving extra-mile to see that those that have committed simple offences can be forgiven at any time, those that encountered certain debts should be paid. In most cases, such debts are meagre, probably less than fifty thousand naira”.
Barrister Abdulhameed Bununu, who stated that he was specific about the debts being offloaded from the ATMs neck, but in certain cases, most of those debts being paid by the Chief Judge of Bauchi state are less than fifty thousand naira for those with lesser offences.
Bununu described the release of ATMs with less offences by the state judiciary as a good gesture being extended to those at the correctional facilities.