Niger state Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has called fir the review of the laws dealing with drug abuse and possession, rape,banditry and kidnapping among others
Governor Bello made the suggestion when he presided over the swearing in of Rt.Hon. Justice Aliyu Muhammad Mayaki as the Chief Justice of the State, Saturday. He said aggressive reform is required in the judiciary because the Judiciary has been left behind.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello explained that a situation whereby Criminals arrested and charged to Court obtain bail within forty eight hours based on the archaic laws was not good for our cotemporary society.
Governor Bello therefore suggested stiffer penalties for crimes associated with drug possession and addiction as well as rape, banditry and kidnapping among others.
He enjoined the Judiciary and the Legislative arms of government to work closely towards facilitating immediate amendment of such laws and consequently proffer lasting solution to the increasing wave of insecurity confronting the Country.
He urged the Judiciary Arm of Government to engage the Legislative Arm of Government especially as it affects its budget estimates to bring about efficiency in the administration of Justice.
“I also realized that for this programme to be effective there is the need to implement full autonomy to the judiciary.”
“I hope we can implement this autonomy and I hope our income will increase so that we are able to give you a reasonable amount every month to renovate your courts”, he said. Governor Bello said the three Arms of Government are partners and must work together towards building a virile society.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello said his administration will continue to support the judiciary arm of government especially in the areas of capacity building, renovation of courts, and judges welfare
The governor added that he had started the renovation with the retired four Chief Judges of the state and expressed the belief that Justice Mayaki will continue in the same direction.
He described Justice Mayaki as a true professional in the discharge of his duties and commended other judges for ensuring credibility in the administration of Justice.
Until his appointment, Justice Mayaki was serving as the acting Chief Judge of the state following the retirement of Justice Bima a few months back.