Kebbi Justice ministry outlines achievements under Gov Idris administration

By Haruna Usman, Birnin Kebbi

The Ministry of Justice, Kebbi State, has recorded significant achievements since the swearing-in of Kebbi State governor, Comrade Nasir Idris.

The Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the state, Dr. Junaid Bello Marshall, announced this in Birnin Kebbi this Monday at a ministerial press briefing organised by the State Ministry of Information and Culture.

According to the Commissioner, Kebbi State government employed 10 new state counsels into the civil service to hasten the dispensation of justice in courts of persons standing trial

Dr. Marshall said the ministry had only 27 law officers throughout the state at the inception of incumbent administration, which was grossly inadequate and consequently, Governor Nasir Idris approved the recruitment of more lawyers into the system.

The commissioner added that the Justice Ministry recorded 853 criminal cases, motions, bail applications and legal advice in the period under review.

Furthermore, the Ministry presently handles 80 appeal cases pending before the Kebbi State High Court as well as 70 cases at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

Also, 200 case diaries were vetted and forwarded to relevant Law Enforcement Agencies, of which few were terminated for want of evidence while majority of the cases were prosecuted.

Dr. Marshall was grateful to Governor Idris for approving the refurbishing and provision of furniture to the Attorney General’s Chambers, refurbishing and supply of updated research materials for the ministry’s library, purchase of 40 new PH Model Laptops for Law Officers, subscription of law pavilion and law companion.

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The governor further approved sponsorship of 10 lawyers into specially tailored programme for prosecutors resulting into Master in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice by Abu Zaria, refurbishing of Attorney General’s Chambers at Argungu and Yauri as well as the upward review of wardrobe/outfit allowances for law officers from N13. 9 million to N70 million.

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