Bauchi Governor Wants Quick Prosecutions For Violent Offenders To Deter Crime

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has criticised both the judiciary and police in the state for not doing enough to ensure that perpetrators of violent crimes are brought to book.

The Governor expressed concern that the state has been beset by an array of violent crimes, including banditry, ritual killings; mutilation of body parts, and murder.

The governor stated that the development was leading to frustration among citizens and an increase in crimes across the state.

Governor Mohammed made the remarks shortly after the swearing-in of three newly appointed high court judges in the state by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Rabi Umar, at the Chambers of the Government House, Bauchi, on Wednesday

The three new judges are Sa’adu Mohammed Sombuwal, Faruk Umar Sarki and Umar Muktar Abubakar.

He stated his dissatisfaction with the administration of justice.

The governor argued that the inability of the criminal justice system to bring perpetrators of crimes to book was discouraging, both to his administration and the people of the state.

‘The private parts of a small girl were mercilessly amputated. Two months ago somebody killed his neighbour and severed his head,’ the governor said.

The governor charged the police and judiciary to ensure that those who severely mutilated the private parts of a five-year-old girl for alleged ritual purpose in Jammare local government of the state are arrested and prosecuted.

‘We will no longer tolerate crimes where perpetrators are easily given bail,’ he warned.

“Those kidnapping suspects must not be given bail. We are not happy with these instances of brazen crimes. Sometimes it has to do with our judicial officials”.

He pledged to his support to the judiciary to ensure that the dispensation of justice is carried out speedily.

‘We don’t want a situation where the judiciary will be ridiculed because the people are not happy,’ he said.

The governor congratulated the three newly sworn-in high court judges and prayed that they have the courage to dispense justice without fear or favour.

He also expressed appreciation to the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Rabi Umar, for her tireless efforts that made their appointment possible.

He promised to continue to give judges the necessary support to carry out their duties efficiently.

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