Governor Diri inaugurates committee on administration of criminal justice

Governor Douye Diri has inaugurated a Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring at the State Judiciary Multi-Door Court Complex, in Yenagoa.

Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Diri tasked all critical stakeholders in the chain of the criminal justice system to play their statutory roles to ensure the speedy dispensation of justice.

The Governor, who was represented at the event by his Deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, emphasized that there was a need for critical self-examination to get it right with the administration of the criminal justice system.

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

He said lack of equity in the Nigerian society had over the years provided breeding ground for the emergence of criminals and criminality in every part of the country.

The Governor, who made a case for mobile courts in the rural areas to handle criminal cases, suggested that magistrates should make unscheduled visits to police stations in various local government areas to examine files of detainees, some of whom are being illegally detained.

In a remark, Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Justice Kate Abiri, explained that the need for the implementation of Administration of Criminal Justice Law justified the inauguration of the Committee.

Justice Kate Abiri assured that the state’s judiciary as a critical institution in the administration of criminal justice sector would continue to play its role to complement the work of the State Implementation Committee.