BAYELSA: Governor Douye Diri Task Players of Criminal Justice System

Governor Douye Diri has tasked all critical stakeholders in the chain of criminal justice system to play their statutory roles to ensure the speedy dispensation of justice in the state.

Governor Diri came out with this during the inauguration of the State Committee on Criminal Justice Monitoring at the State Judiciary Multi-
Door Complex in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

Governor Diri noted that the lack of equity in the society over the years provided the emergence of criminals and criminality in the country.
Governor Diri noted that the lack of equity in the society over the years provided the emergence of criminals and criminality in the country.

The governor who was represented at the event by his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor emphasized the urgent need to do critical self examination on the criminal justice system.

According to the Bayelsa State Chief executive, equity holds the key to a peaceful and crime free society where no one is denied their rightful benefits and entitlement as law abiding citizens.

Governor Diri noted that the lack of equity in the society over the years provided the emergence of criminals and criminality in the country.

According to the governor, the country is yet to fully attain it’s goals in the dispensation of justice because the justice system has been compromised stressing that the police, the correctional centres and the judiciary must play their constitutional roles to achieve effective delivery of justice.

The governor who made a case for mobile courts in the rural areas suggested that magistrates should pay unscheduled visits to the police stations in the various local government councils to examine thousands of detainees some of whom are illegally detained.

Also speaking at the event, Bayelsa State Chief Judge, Justice Kate Abiri explained that the implementation of the administration of criminal justice law justified the inauguration of the committee in the state.

Justice Abiri assured that the judiciary as a critical institution in the administration of criminal justice sector would continue to play its assigned roles to complement the State Implementation Committee adding that it would speed up criminal trials in the courts by removing delays.

The Chief Judge, Justice Kate Abiri is the Chairman of State Administration of Criminal Justice Interim Monitoring Committee while others are to serve as Secretary, Assistant Secretary and members which includes Commissioner for Justice, State Police Commissioner, State Comptroller of the Nigerian Correctional Services, NBA Chairman, Yenagoa Branch, Legal Aid Council, Civil Society group and Human Rights Commission.

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