By Our Correspondent
Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state has frowned at the indiscriminate releases of suspected bandits, rapists and other criminals on bail by the courts.
Masari made this assertion on today while speaking shortly after the swearing in of three newly appointed high court judges in Katsina.
According to him, the over riding objective of every legal system is to deliver justice which is the best pivot and pillar that upholds the very best of decency and the best guarantee for peace, prosperity and good governance.
“The age long adage that, ‘Justice delayed is Justice denied’ has been of concern to the government, thus there is the need to address the speed of justice among all stakeholders in the justice sector”.
The Governor said it was in response to the Justice Sector Reform in the state that, the state Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) 2019 and the state Penal Code Law, 2019 were repealed and replaced with the new laws of 2021.
He noted that, the laws addressed the short comings observed in the 2019, stressing that, with this development, “all actors and stakeholders in the Justice Sector will now work towards a coordinated approach to ensure speedy disposition of criminal cases which involves arrest, investigation and prosecution’.
Masari posited that, the administration is seriously disturbed with the trend of blame shifting by the justice sector actors and therefore ordered the state ACJ monitoring and coordination committee to discharge it’s statutory mandate by ensuring that, all criminal cases are handled with deserve dispatch.
He further urged the committee to ensure that the ugly trend of releasing suspects with prima-facie records of crimes on bail is checked.
The Governor called the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, to implore it’s members that are in the habit of supporting bandits, rapists and armed robbers who secure release of such suspects through the instrument of fundamental right enforcement to be ethical and avoid compromise under cover.
“We are in an unusual times of serious security challenges and must therefore put heads together to address these unusual challenges”.
“We have had incidences where suspected bandits, terrorists, armed robbers and rapists were released on bail only for them to commit same offence. Such ugly incidences could have been averted if bail was not granted at all’, he maintained.
On the ‘Security Challenges (Containment) Order, the Governor who noted that, it is yielding positive outcomes, however appreciated the sacrifice of citizens and residents, appealing for continued support, understanding and cooperation of all in supporting government’s efforts of containing the security challenges.
To the newly appointed judges, he urged them to consider their appointment as a call to duty that requires more dedication, professionalism and above all the fear of Allah.