Federal high court on Wednesday 13th Oct,2015 said it has almost completed the rigorous process of appointment over 20 additional judges to boost its activities across the federation.
Accordingly, it added that the additional judges would make it possible for every state of the federation, including Nasarawa State, to have at least two judges on the bench of the court.
Chief judge of the high court, Justice Ibrahim Ndahi Auta, disclosed this in his opening speech at the 31st annual federal high court judges’ conference held in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.
He recalled that the court which started as a small court in 1973, when it was operating just from one division in Lagos with only five judges, now has 36 operational divisions with 53 serving judges.
Shedding light on the conference, Justice Auta said: “It has been the practice of the federal high court to meet annually to appraise the activities of the previous year with a view to finding a solution to identified problems.
“In the process of finding solution to the indentified problems, the judges freely correct and apportion blames to their erring brother-judges before finally urging them to improve on their performances in the previous year,” he explained.
Justice Auta concluded that the objective of the conference was to identify ways of moving the court forward by discussing problems as well as acquainting themselves with current developments in their chosen profession.
When declaring the conference open, Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State drew attention of the participants to the need to address the excesses of the social media.
According to the governor, “it is sad that the social media, which has become an obsession in today’s society, is threatening individual liberty and due process in the dispensation of justice. Miscreants have found the social media a cheap platform for blackmail, mischief and falsehood.”
He stated that even the justice system is not safe from the snare of campaigns of calumny perpetrated under this genre of mass communication.
Al-Makura therefore want the judiciary, an institution anchored on integrity, to intervene in the unwholesome dissemination of falsehood so as to restore sanity in the society.
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