THE Chief Judge of Nasarawa State, Justice Suleiman Dikko, on Monday, said his office has received series of petitions, boadering on corruption from judicial staffers in the state, declaring that whoever involved after the investigations would be handed over to Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in line with the Federal government‘s efforts to eradicate corruption in the country.
He made this declaration at the 2015 Second Call-Over Special Appeal Session in High Court 1, Keffi, Keffi Local Government Area of the state.
Justice Dikko, who set up five appeal panels to review and dispose 104 judgments delivered by lower courts in the state, however, lamented that despite several measures to curtail corruption in the state judiciary, some officials still continued in such devilish act.
According to him, “we have received reports about corruption from the staff, particularly in Mararaba axis; I want to assure you that anyone caught will face the full wrath of the law.
“We will set up committee to investigate those allegations and anyone caught will be handed over to ICPC in line with efforts of the Federal government to eradicate corruption in the country,” he added.
On 104 cases, the CJ announced 82 civil cases and 22 criminal cases to be reviewed, explaining that out of the 82 civil cases, 51 were old, 31 were new, while out of the 22 criminal cases, 12 were old, while ten were new.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Keffi Branch, who was represented by Barrister Shishi John, appealed to the state government to build more courts and renovate old ones, saying some of the problems confronting judiciary in the state included inadequacy of judges, facilities in courts, enforcement of judgments among others.
He, therefore, commended the CJ for organizing the session and promised that the BAR would support the bench in the state to ensure success of the appeal session.
Also, a senior member of the BAR, Barrister Ogunche Akunsun, who spoke on behalf of others, said the CJ should take note of corruption in the judiciary, particularly around Mararaba axis.
He said that the corrupt practices which were prevalent among judges and even lawyers needed to be checked in order to safe the image of the judiciary.