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Magistrate Court In Izom Has Partially Collapsed – Niger CJ 

 

The Magistrate’s Court in Izom, Gurara local government area of Niger state has partially collapsed while many others are in serious state of dilapidation and disrepair, the state Chief Judge, Justice Halima Ibrahim Abdulmalik, has said. 

He stated this Tuesday during a special court session to mark the 2022/2023 legal year of the state judiciary. 

She said: “We have to maintain 13 high courts and 78 numbers of magistrate courts across the state.  Some of the magistrate courts operate in rented accommodations while many are in serious state of dilapidation/disrepair and at least one at Izom has partially collapsed.”

Justice Abdulmalik stated that for lack of official vehicles, some magistrate commute in public transport to and from their stations, adding that it constitutes imminent danger to the judicial staff. 

She said, “This is not just undignifying, it constitutes imminent danger to their well-being as they sometimes join vehicles with litigants, defendants and accused persons appearing before them.”

She stated that the monthly allocation to the state judiciary for both recurrent and capital expenditure is grossly inadequate to take care of its needs.

In a remark, the state governor, Mohammed Umaru Bago, commended the state judiciary for the continued dispensation of justice impartially and efficiently despite limited resources. 

He stated the need to increase public trust and confidence in the judiciary, adding that, ” integrity, transparency, accountability should be upheld at all levels and in all levels of the legal profession.”

The governor said the administration has begun the process towards the provision of residential and office accommodation to the judiciary staff including the judges. 

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