Anambra 2018/2019 Legal Year : Obiano Tasks Judiciary On Speedy Trial of Cases.
By Obika Chidiebele
The governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has charged judiciary officials to expedite action in dispensing justice in the state.
Governor Obiano made this known when he attended the Church Mass for the commencement of Anambra State Legal Year 2018/2019, held at the Cathedral of St. Patrick, Awka.
The mass which was officiated by the Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Reverend Dr. Paulinus Ezeokafor had other priests and the religious in attendance. In his sermon, Bishop Ezeokafor implored the Judiciary to always make sure they shine their light for the whole nation to see. He admonished them to always remember that the prudent management of electoral litigations is key to achieving a better Nigeria. He urged them to help in reducing the number of awaiting trial victims of whom he opinied, majority are innocent of the crimes they were being tried for. He appealed to them to help in offering pro bono services to persons in need of it who are poor.
Earlier, Gov. Obiano, reading the first lesson of the Liturgy of the Word, from Proverb 3:27-34, the first line read ” my son, do not refuse a kindness of anyone who begs it, if it is in your power to perform it”. Obiano used the opportunity to remind lawyers that number of persons awaiting trials are twice those convicted of their crimes and urged them to expedite action and try those pending cases because “justice delayed, is justice denied”. He went further to appreciate them for their excellent work they are doing the state and urged them never to relent. He informed the congregation that the state is not owing any pensioner a dime nor owe anybody, an ounce of salary. He appealed to them to make sure that the 2018/2019 legal year records the best in the state.
The Chief Judge of Anambra State, Hon. Justice, Peter Umeadi thanked Governor Willie Obiano for his sterling performance in the judiciary. He maintained that Anambra stands out as one of the few states that does not owe salaries. Justice Umeadi used the occasion to appreciate the Catholic Church for always advising them to temper justice with mercy.
Other legal luminaries present in the church include, The Chief Judge of Delta State, The Former Chief Judge of Anambra State, Justice PAC Obidigwe, High Court and Magistrates court Judges, Appeals Court and Customary Court Judges and Lawyers respectively.
Also present were The Secretary to the Government of Anambra State, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, The Attorney General of the State and Honourable Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Barr. Uju Nwogu, other Commissioners, Special Adviser on Legal Matters, Barr. Mrs. Patricia Igwebuike and other Aides of the government of Anambra State.