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Magistrates decry poor condition of service in Bauchi



The Magistrates Association of Nigeria (MAN) in Bauchi State on Wednesday decried the “poor condition of service” under which its members were operating.

During the association’s two-day New Year celebration, Abdulmumini Adamu, state Chairman of the association, said magistrates in the state were compelled to board commercial vehicles alongside litigants and other commuters, saying “this has been exposing us to risk and subjecting the magistracy to ridicule”.

“We are referred to as resident magistrates but we are without official residence or quarters in our duty posts.

“In the area of training and retraining, magistrates in this jurisdiction are lagging behind, if comparison is to be made with other jurisdictions due to lack of sponsorship.

“The dynamic nature of the law demands for mandatory, continued legal education and others, such as workshops, seminars and conferences, where topical legal issues are discussed.

“The last term magistrates were sponsored by the state government to attend the NBA conference and the National Judicial Institute was in 2018, except by zoom or online,” he said.

The Chairman, who called on the state government to look into the matter and enhance the condition of service of the state’s magistrates, lauded Gov. Bala Mohammed for assenting to the Financial Autonomy Bill which guaranteed the independence of the judiciary in the state.

He, however, stated that “since the law came into force in August, 2022, the judiciary is yet to feel its impact”.

The chairman also complained that the take-home pay of members could not accommodate self-sponsorship, thereby, subjecting them to professional stagnation.

He said this was militating against the effective functioning of the judiciary and, by extension, hampered justice delivery and administration in the state.

“This is perilous. It renders the judicial system susceptible to corruption and monetisation of access to justice, making justice in favour of the highest bidder, God forbid.”

Also, the Bauchi State Chief Judge, Mrs. Rabi Umar, cautioned the magistrates to be just, fair and upright in the dispensation of justice in their respective courts.

Umar, who was represented by Justice Mu’azu Abubakar, warned that any magistrate found to be disrupting the sanctity of the judicial system would not be spared, as disciplinary measures would be applied accordingly.

She also commended the leadership of Magistrates’ Association of Nigeria in the state for their commitment and dedication to their calling, urging them to brace up for the new year, coming with the nation’s general elections.



Court remands man for allegedly stealing cold room compressor



 A Sharia Court in Kano State on Wednesday ordered that a 25-year-old man, Ahmed Abdulkadir who pleaded guilty to stealing a cold room compressor  unit worth N60,000 be remanded in a correction  centre.

The police charged Abdulkadir, who lives in Fagge Quarters, Kano, with theft.

The Judge, Malam Umar Lawal-Abubaka, adjourned the matter until July 25 for summary trial.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp Abdullahi Wada told the court that the complainant, Nura Muhammed who also resides in Fagge Quarters, reported the matter at the Fagge Police Station, Kano, on July 6.

Wada alleged that the defendant, entered into the complainant’s shop and stole the compressor unit.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.

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Man,26,docked for alleged theft of armoured cables worth N3.7m



A 26-year-old man, Adeniyi Toyosi,  on Wednesday, appeared before an Ota Magistrates ‘Court in Ogun, for breaking into a business premises to steal two transformer armoured cables valued at N3.7 million.
The Police charged the defendant, whose address was not provided, with burglary, stealing and conspiracy.
The Prosecutor, Insp E.O. Adaraloye,told the court that the defendant and others still at large, committed the offences on July 7 at about 12.00 a.m. at No.4 Pavilion Estate, Ilogbo road, Ota in Ogun State.
Adaraloye alleged that the defendant and his accomplices had broken into Makindez Multi Business Ventures to steal two transformer armor cables, three Closed-Circuit Television  and other valuable items valued at N3.7 million.
He further alleged that the company guards caught the defendant and handed over to the police.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 390(9),413 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun,2006.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Magistrate, Mrs A.O. Adeyemi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N2.5 million with one surety in like sum.
Adeyemi ordered that the surety, who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction should be gainfully employed.
He further ordered that such surety should show evidence of tax payment to Ogun Government as part of the bail conditions.
She adjourned the case until Aug.14 for further hearing.
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Jigawa High Court judges begin annual vacation



Jigawa State Chief Judge, Justice Umar M. Sadiq has approved July 10 for the commencement of annual vacation for the State High Court.

This was contained in a press statement signed by the Director, Publicity and Protocol Matters, Jigawa State Judiciary, issued to newmen.

The statement said the High Court Judicial staff would resume work on Monday, September 11, 2023.

He said the vacation is under the Provision of Order 45 Rule 5(1) of the Jigawa State High Court Civil Procedure Rules (Subsidiary Legislation) Cap. H-2, laws of Jigawa, 2012.

“Given the above, by the Provision of Jigawa State High Court 2022/2023 Legal Calendar, all High Court Judges shall be on vacation from Monday, 10th July, 2023, to Friday, 8th September, 2023 and resume work on Monday, 11th September, 2023,” he said.

He said that during the vacation period, Justice Mustapha Bello Adamu of High Court No 9 Hadejia would serve as the Vacation Judge and sit at High Court Complex, Dutse.

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