Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has tasked the new acting Chief Judge of the state, Justice Yakubu Gyang Dakwak, to sanitise the judiciary of corruption.
The governor said while swearing-in Dakwak as acting chief judge of the state that all eyes were on him to join hands in the fight against corruption and all forms of maladministration.
“At this crucial time of our nation’s fight against corruption and all forms of maladministration and misappropriation of our commonwealth and corporate patrimony, all eyes are on you to do the needful as you join hands with all stakeholders in the Judiciary and Justice Delivery System in our Nation to sanitise our nation.”
He said the judiciary had been under public scrutiny “because it represents the hope of the groaning masses for a redeemable future for posterity.
“A clean judiciary is the alter for the sanitisation of our country, punishment for crime, remedy for injuries and the enthronement of respect for the rule of law, are sure panaceas to the reign of impunity, abuse of public trust and anarchy that are fast eating up sanity in our Public space,” Lalong added.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, he added, has set out the direction for the judiciary to be in the forefront in the fight against corruption by his directives to all Heads of Courts to designate one or two special courts in their jurisdiction as Special Courts for hearing and speedy determination of corruption and financial crime cases.
Lalong said further that Onnoghen had also said that the Anti- Corruption Trial Monitoring Committee would be set up by the National Judicial Council to ensure that both trial and appellate courts handling corruption and financial crime cases, abode by the renewed efforts at ridding our country of cankerworm.
“The Bar has also not been left out in the reform in the justice system, because all Heads of Courts have been directed to clamp down on lawyers who engage in sharp practices and deploy tactics of delay, to deny justice in criminal matters. Where reforms in laws, practice direction and rules of Court are complied with to improve the administration of Justice, the nation will be better for it,” Lalong stressed.