Governor Shettima of Borno State has charged judges and lawyers to shun corruption and expedite efforts in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities to decongest prisons and remand homes.
Speaking while swearing-in three Khadis of the Sharia Court of Appeal Borno state, Shettima also urged the judiciary as third arm of government to avoid delaying in criminal cases stressing that such delay eventually encourages corruption of the judicial system.
The three Khadis, who took their oaths of office and allegiance that was administered by the State Chief Judge, Justice Kashim Zanna at the Government House Council Chambers
Maiduguri, were Ahmed Abba Mohammed, Mohammed Gambo Abubakar, and Usman Salihu Sakwa.
The State Chief Judge had earlier said the screening process for the appointment of judges across all the state of the judiciary has taken a new dimension with the renowned policy established by the National Judicial Council for judges to pass through tests and interviews before being recommended to the NJC for approval.
Accordingly, in line with the requirements, the State judiciary established a standing committee of ulamas and charged it with the simple responsibility of searching and vetting lawyers and judges for the purposes of quality and knowledge to bridge the gap in the litigation system as section 276 sub section 2 of the constitution the federal republic of Nigeria stipulated.
In his remark, Governor Shettima assured the judiciary that his administration will continue to support the Judicial arm of government with all the
necessary attention it deserve, especially, in the areas of court rooms renovation and rehabilitation as well as provision of basic facilities to make them more functional and effective in the discharge of justice in the State.
He applauded the efforts of the judiciary in handling court cases while appealing for fair and just jurisdiction as well as discharging their duties in accordance with the law.
He also noted that his government is not mindful of the existing problems in the State judiciary and efforts are being made to address them, noting
that efforts are also being made presently to reconstruct and rehabilitate destroyed communities, restore peace, provide food and welfare to IDPs and attend to security challenges.

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