The Chief of the Federal Capital High Court, Justice Ishaq U. Bello, has inaugurated a High Court and three Magistrates Courts in Abuja.
At the inauguration of the Magistrate Court in Zuba, Justice Bello thanked the Minister of the FCT for allocating the plot of land to the FCT Judiciary to build the court.
Justice Bello urged lawyers and judicial officers to partner on efficient justice delivery and avoid undue delays.
According to him, lawyers must avoid the temptation of seeking unnecessary adjournments and wasting the court’s time when their clients have bad cases.
He said “The Bar and Bench belong to the same family and should work together to ensure justice delivery,” he said.
The CJ disclosed that more divisions would be opened in Karo and Nyanya Judicial Division soon, to bring justice closer to the people and reduce self-help.
Before cutting the tape, Mr. Y. H. Wodi, who represented FCT Minister, expressed the authority’s readiness to cooperate with the Judiciary for speedy justice delivery in the territory.
At Lugbe where he inaugurated a Magistrate Court, Justice Bello commended one of the pioneer judges of the FCT Judiciary, Justice V. A. U. Onejeme (retd). He said: “The FCT Judiciary will never forget you. The history of the FCT Judiciary will not be complete without mentioning the worthy roles you played.”
While cutting the tape to delare the High Court at Mpape open, the former Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Abdullahi Ibrahim (SAN), said: “I am not surprised that these strings of achievements at the FCT Judiciary are happening under the present administration because we know who is in charge; we have watched him grow and we know what he can do.”
Construction is ongoing at Wuse Zone Two, the court’s headquarters.
Bello said: “Work here has been stalled for years because of funds. If funds are released and this project is completed, we will reduce, if not completely eradicate, the incidence of delays in our courts.”
Contract for the project was awarded in 2012 at N2.2 billion, but only N1.4 billion was said to have been released. Justice Bello pleaded with the National Assembly to ensure the fund is appropriated.