The Governor of Gombe State, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya says criminal justice delivery is a collective responsibility of all stakeholders in the judicial system.
He stated this on Wednesday during the opening of the 2021/2022 legal year in Gombe State.
Yahaya commended the judicial officers for the laudable achievements and successes recorded in the discharge of their statutory responsibilities during the year.
“I find it imperative to commend the Judiciary for working in harmony with other sectors towards achieving our desired goal of entrenching a truly crime free and peaceful society.
“It is in this regard that I recently appointed three High Court Judges and two Kadis of the Sharia Court of Appeal to enhance speedy dispensation of justice.
“The State Government equally provided vehicles to the newly appointed Judges and Kadis to facilitate effective service delivery.
He stated that his administration was committed to ensuring a strong and independent Judiciary to facilitate fair and speedy dispensation of justice.
“In other to ensure independence of the Judiciary and Legislature in line with the principle of separation of powers, I recently assented to the Law granting financial autonomy to the two arms of government in the State,” he said.
He pledged his administration’s commitment to continue to support and sponsor man power development and training of welfare of Judges and Judiciary staff in the state
The Acting Chief Judge of Gombe State, Justice Mu’azu Pindiga disclosed that the state judiciary disposed of 10,271 cases in 2021 adding that 3,028 cases were pending in the state courts and would be carried into 2022.
According to him, the bulk of the cases filed in the state which comprised of civil and criminal files was filed and heard at the Magistrates’ and Area Courts.
The Chief Judge said within the year under review, over N48 million was realised from court fines and fees, probate fees, marriage registry and fees from tribunals.
While commending Governor Inuwa Yahaya for his support, he urged the state government to implement full independence and autonomy of the state judiciary.
He said that this would ensure effective and efficient administration of justice.
Justice delivery, collective responsibility of stakeholders – Gombe Governor