Bauchi NUJ/NBA collaborates on fight against corruption


By: Mohammed Kawu, Bauchi
The Vice Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Bauchi Council, Alhaji Musa Abdullahi Kobi has said that the union and the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) would collaborate to propel anti-corruption crusade in the state.
Kobi made the disclosure during a courtesy call by the leadership of the NBA state council on Thursday in Bauchi.
He said the need to enforce the change agenda by the present administration at all levels would not be over-emphasized, saying the two associations involved in the act would lead to recovery of more looted government funds and property.
Kobi, who represented his boss, Dahiru Muhammad Garba, said that the act of corruption must be ended in all aspects of our human endeavors to foster national development.
Speaking earlier, the state Chairman of the NBA, Barr Nasir Jumba said that the state council of the association would support every effort to fight corruption in the state.
Speaking on the Judiciary sector, Jumba said that the state courts buildings have being aged with little maintenance on few and none to most of them.
“The construction of courts started by the last administration has been abandon by them even before their exit from power and the supposed contractor only resurface after the advent of the present administration,’’ he said.
Jumba called on the Federal and State Governments to continue to render assistance to the Prison Service and Police as stakeholders in the administration of Justice.
According to him, non-appearance of inmates in courts delays hearings as such the prison becomes congested despite the fact that some inmates were granted freedom base on their offences by relevant authorities.
He described as deplorable a situation whereby prison authorities cannot convey inmates to courts due to non-availability of fuel in their vehicles.
“Cases are often delayed or adjourned when detainees are not readily before the courts”, Jumba concluded.
The NBA Chairman also commended Governor Mohammed Abubakar for appointing Honourable Justice Rabi T. Umar as the substantive Chief Judge in the State.
He frowned at the baseless petitions filed by those he described as ‘faceless charlatans’ who, according to him, were sponsored to tarnish the image of the Judge and ridicule the Bauchi Judiciary.
He said “since the retirement of the last Chief Judge in May, 2014, there is no substantive C.J. until the recent appointment of Honourable Justice Rabi T. Umar.
“The prolong absence of a substantive C.J over the last two years did not aid the effective and efficient administration of Justice in our Judiciary.”
“Yet as we are about to put the issue of the C.J behind us, some faceless charlatans and masquerades were sponsored to file a petition which aim is to falsely tarnish the integrity of an honest and hardworking judge and ridicule the entire Bauchi State Judiciary”
“The Bauchi Branch of the Bar condemns strongly the action of these perpetrators and the bar will resist any attempt to tarnish the image of its judges unjustly. The Branch is wholly bound by every decision by the National Judicial Council” he stated.
Jumba called on members to protect its image and integrity and assured that the Bar in Bauchi is responding positively to every petition against its as most of the petitions were resolved amicably while two of the petitions have been referred to the disciplinary committee for necessary action.


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