Date: December 08, 2015 2:51:PM. By: Dauda
Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has challenged the judiciary to purge itself of corrupt elements to win the confidence of the society. He identified corruption as the greatest threat to the nation's development and that the judiciary has a vital role to play in the fight against the vice which he regretted to has been embraced and accepted as norm by the society. Governor Bello on Monday while swearing in five newly appointed High Court judges of the state, said "the judiciary has to assert its supremacy and transparency by first of all purging itself of corrupt elements so as to win the confidence of the society", adding that, "Sustainable economic growth and human development can only be achieved in an environment of formal rational law totally devoid of arbitrariness and wide latitude for discretion". The governor maintained that no society can prosper under the shadows of lawlessness and charged the judiciary, as the custodian of the law to live up to its billing. "The onus is on the judiciary as the custodian of the law. Where there are no good judges the people suffer, because the laws are then manipulated and sometimes distorted in the shroud of dishonesty. We will tilt towards backwardness if we do not uphold our laws vehemently without fear or favour," Gov. Bello stated. The governor lamented the congestion of prisons as a result of awaiting trial cases with a lot of accusations and prosecutions without corresponding convictions and described as alarming the current trend of impunity in stealing of public funds with little or no justice served. The governor then warned the newly sworn in judges that the public will hold them responsible if they contravene the oath.
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