The Taraba State Government, under the leadership of Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has been very supportive to the Judiciary since it came into power in 2015.
The Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Justice, Barrister Apwenyang Yamusa Shitta stated this while speaking exclusively with the Daily Times in his office at the State Secretariat, Jalingo.
Barr. Shitta was reacting to allegations at some quarters that the present administration has not done enough to the Judiciary since it came on board.
He refuted the claims by ascertaining that those speculating such information are not insiders who are abreast of the day to day events in the Ministry.
He noted that the recent Commissioning of Chief Magistrate Court in Marrarraba, Donga Local Government Area of the State by the Governor attests to the fact that he is doing well to the Judiciary.
According to him, in the time past, Court sessions in some places were either held in rented houses or in government dilapidated properties.
The Permanent Secretary added that Governor Ishaku recently commissioned two Magistrate Courts in Jalingo Local Government Area, one in Mile Six and the other in Kona.
In terms of manpower development, Barrister Shitta revealed that the State Ministry of Justice has about 62 Lawyers for effective handling of State cases across the Country.
He pointed out that the Ministry has requested for 10 additional Lawyers which is being processed by the state Government.
The Solicitor General also told our Correspondent that for ease of handling a good number cases coming from the Police, it has been made as a Rule that Cases strengthened to the Attorney General’s Chambers for legal advice are treated within five days of the receipt of such Cases from the Commissioner of Police.
“We treat our Cases as at when due so that if the person has no case to answer, let him or she be discharged”, he said.
While calling on the State Government to fund the Judiciary properly for effective administration of Justice, Barrister Apwenyang Yamusa Shitta also advised Lawyers to be straightforward in the handling of their various Cases.