The Nasarawa State Chapter of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), has condemn the arrest and detention of seven judges by the Department of State Security Service (DSS).Barr Iliya Haruna, Keffi Branch Chairman of NBA stated this at a one-day Workshop organised by the association title ‘BAR/Bench relationship in Nasarawa State’ on Wednesday in Keffi Local Government Area.
“The state chapter of the union wants to join the National level of the association in condemning the recent arrest and detention of Justices of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Courts”. We join the National Headquarters of NBA in condemning in strongest terms the way and manner the arrest were carryout”.
“What we are saying is that due process of the law must be follow in doing so, by adhering strictly with the provision of the law to carryout and arrest.“Where judges were alleged to have committed an offence, they should be made to answer such cases in accordance with the provision of the law,” he added.
He explained that as ministers in the temple of justice and Lawyers they cannot afford to be silent where the law is violated and must stand up to speak the truth at all times.he further said that the essence of the workshop was to share ideas on the challenges confronting the judiciary in the state with the aim of addressing them.
“I believed that if the relationship between the BAR and the Bench is improve, it would go a long a way towards ensuring speedy and better administration of justice in the state”.
On his part, Barr Victor Vincent-Manga, Nasarawa State Chairman of Magistrates Association of Nigeria (MAN), said rulings and judgements should be the basis for promotion of judges in the state,he said that the remuneration of Magistrates and other Judges of lower courts should be upgraded and more courts rooms be build and facilities at the existing once be improved for better service delivery.
Responding on issues raised, Justice Suleiman Dikko, the Chief Judge (CJ) of the state said that measures would be put in place to ensure better welfare for the staff of judiciary in the state.
He added that they would not tolerate any act of indiscipline and corruption by judges and other staff and anyone found wanting would face the full wrath of Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for disciplinary action.
The workshop was attended by public and private councils, High Court Judges, Hassan Liman (SAN), Sunday Bawa Chief Registrar, Shehu Yusuf-Usman Nasarawa State Attorney General (AG) and Commissioner for Justice among others.