Gov Ishaku cautions judges against giving justice to highest bidders
Jethro Yerga, Jalingo
The Executive Governor of Taraba State, Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku, has cautioned judges who sometimes abandon fairness and give justice to the highest bidder to desist from such unprofessional practice to avoid the wrath of the supernatural judge.
The governor gave this caution Wednesday, at Taraba State Government House Jalingo shortly after the swearing-in of three more judges for the Superior Courts of authority in the state.
Governor Ishaku stated that most Nigerians are disappointed in Nigeria judiciary owing to the nefarious activities of some judges in the judicial system of the country.
In his words, “Sometimes we are disappointed . You don’t need to go to Law School before you know that some judgements in Nigeria are entirely rubbish.
“The highest bidder should not get justice. This is against the various Religious Bodies. Judges must rise above primitive religious and ethnic sentiment that has held us back as a nation for a long time.
“You must follow the ethics and moral rectitude of fairness in the execution of your duties and responsibilities.Your actions should be guided and based on the fact that the all seeing and all knowing God is always watching you even if no one does”. He added.
The governor challenged judges to refrain from pursuing legal technicalities in order to keep adjourning, delaying and frustrating cases causing harm to the presumed innocent people who are awaiting trial, maintaining that justice delayed is justice denied.
He advocated that Nigeria Judiciary should take a cue from other nations of the world, where by very large number of different and varying courts are in use, to reduce the pressure on the court rooms we have in the country.
Harping on his administration’s efforts towards bringing justice to the door steps of Tarabans, Governor Ishaku said his administration had taken the welfare of judicial officers in the state as a top priority to enable them remain incorruptible judges who could stand above corrupt practices and other tendencies that may influence their judgement.
He said his administration had during the last seven years, among other things, procured new brand vehicles for several judges in the state to boost their morals, esterblished and renovated delapidated court rooms and hire more judges to serve at all levels of court in the state.
Earlier in an acceptance speech, Dr Shuaibu Lahiru Ahmed who spoke on behalf of the other judges, applauded Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku and the judicial authorities in the state for finding them worthy to serve in such envious judicial positions in the state and pledged that, they would discharge their duties faithfully and in accordance with the laws and ethics of their profession.
Dr. Shuaibu appreciated the cordial relationship that has been existing between the Executive Arm of Government and the Judicial Arm in the state and prayed that the cordial relationship would continue.
Our correspondent reported that the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Filibus Andetu, administered Oath of Allegiance and Judicial Oath of Office on Sallau Ismaila Madugu and Dr. Shuaibu Lahiru Ahmed who were appointed as Grand Khadis of the Sharia Court of Appeal, Taraba State and Barr. Bulus S. Nyeputen who recieved a new appointment as the Judge of Customary Court of Appeal in the state.
Meanwhile, the new judges proceeded to the State High Court shortly after the swearing in, where Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Anthony Jellason on behalf of the Governor, Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku presented two new brand vehicles to two of the newly appointed judges to enhance their performances.