The Oasis Reporters
January 22, 2018
By Moses Gbande
Plateau State acting Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Yakubu Dakwak says Plateau state has recorded well over two thousand, seven hundred and seventy-two registered cases brought before the state Judiciary within the 2017 service year.
Justice Dakwak disclosed this Monday, at the commencement of the 2017/2018 Legal year ceremony held at the State High Court of Justice in Jos, the Plateau state capital.
He said out of these cases obtained from the High Court, to lower courts and Sharia to Customary Courts ranges from criminal to Civil in nature.
Stressing that so far, in its efforts to dispense justice and adhere to her primary responsibilities, one thousand, two hundred and seventy three of the cases have been disposed, while two thousand five hundred and nineteen cases were pending In various courts in the state.
“At the High Court, registered cases were 832. Disposed cases, 367, carried over cases were 468 as criminal cases while for civil cases, we received 1,455. Disposed- 622, and 833 cases are pending.
Appeals from Lower Courts to the High Court are thus:
criminal – 95,
civil appeals 145,
disposed criminal 48,
total pending 98.
While at the Sharia Court of Appeal: Registered cases were 122, disposed 87, pending 25″.
Adding that they have also received a total of 134 cases from the Customary courts and have treated 53 with 82 still pending.
He appealed to government to continue to support the judicial arm of government in carrying out its statutory responsibility of the administration of justice.
Governor Simon Bako Lalong on his part, commended the court and the legal practitioners for their firm determination and motivation towards justice delivery in the state and beyond, saying as a government, his administration is poised to support the judiciary to enhance the service delivery system within its limited resources.
” My vision for the judiciary in the state is one that should place it above all other states in the federation. I am optimistic that the Plateau state Judiciary will become the best.
I must commend and express my satisfaction with the relationship between the Bar and the Bench in the state, as demonstrated during the last Law Week of the Jos Branch “.
Also speaking, the state chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Barr. Ralph Monye, esq, attributed the successes recorded in the state judiciary to the various roles played by the judicial staff, especially the court registrars and the registry staff.
He used the occasion to condemn the gruesome murder of innocent farmers in Benue state and other parts of the country, saying that the news on frequent killings here and there is disheartening, to say the least. He therefore urged the federal government and the DSS, to wake up from their slumber and do the needful so that the news being heard about them would be proven wrong.
“The situation where operatives of whichever Agency come to arrest citizens who are merely exercising their fundamental human rights should not only be frowned at but deplored.
“We urge all the security operatives therefore involved in this arrant violation of human rights of Nigerians to desist forthwith in the interest of the Nation.
“More worrisome is the sting operations by members of the Stats Security Services (SSS) or whatever they call it now, DSS. But we believe that we are in a democratic dispensation and indeed we are. We therefore call that all citizens in this country should be allowed to enjoy their fundamental human rights which has been created for them by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”