Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi has pledged his readiness to give financial autonomy to the state’s judiciary.
The governor disclosed this during the swearing-in of Mohammed Abubakar as the acting Chief Judge (Grand Kadi) of Bauchi Sharia Court.
Mr Mohammed, who said he was always ready to go by the judiciary’s tradition, which, he said, was predicated on justice and equity, noted that the judiciary was the last hope of the common man.
He stated, “The judiciary is the last hope of the common man, and it is not only the common man, but it is also the last hope of Bala Mohammed because I have derived succour and solace in the judiciary.
“I am always ready to go by their tradition because it is predicated on justice and equity.”
He added, “We, in the executive, are ready to give you your autonomy. We are ready to give you your respect. We are ready to clear latitude and leverage so that you will be able to dispense justice.”
The governor reminded the acting chief judge of the state sharia court that society expects a lot from him, now and even after service.
“I know you are going to have a very little stint, but it does not matter how long you stay, but how well you stay and how much you impact,” he said.
Mr Mohammed commended the harmonious relationship between the legislative, executive, and judiciary.
“I call on the judges to ensure that verdicts are quickly made in criminal cases in order to enhance the issues of reward and punishment in the state,” he said.
Dahiru Ningi’s tenure, the outgone chief judge of the sharia court, ended on April 6. (NAN)
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