A passionate appeal has been made to the Acting Chief Judge of Niger State. Justice Aliyu Mohammed Mayaki, to as a matter of urgency review downward the recent increase of filling fees approved by the immediate past Chief Judge of the state, Justice Ahmed Alh. Bima.
A Minna-bassed legal practioner, Alh. Zakariya Abdlsalam Bello, who made the appeal in an exclusive interview with Newsline in his office on Monday noted that, the increase in the filling fees will deny the common man access to justice.
He explained that the increase has grossly affected the smooth and speedy administration of criminal and civil justice, which should be affordable to those litigants that are seeking for Justice in the court of law.
According to the legal practitioner, the recent increase of the fees would make the average common man on the street to lose confidence in the administration of justice in the state.
He observed that with the recent increase in the fees, most of the practising lawyers in the state are now being thrown into labour market, stressing the need for the acting chief judge to review it downward in the interest of the citizens, who look onto the judiciary as their last hope.
“The common man on the street looks up to the judiciary to seek for redress. Average farmers in the village see the judiciary as his last hope of getting justice. But with this gross increment in filling fees which was signed by the immediate past chief judge, Hon. Justice Ahmed Alh. Bima, their hope has been dashed,” he told Newsline.
Barr. Zakariya noted that, judiciary should not be seen as a revenue generation organization, where such increase will be allowed to take place. He said  standing as an arm of government,  saddled with the constitutional responsibility of adjudicating into matters, it  should not be  seen to inflict  hardship on the people by  paying so much to get justice.
He then urged the acting chief judge to use his good offices as the number one judicial officer in the state to review downward the increase so that the citizen will be able to afford justice.
Equally, the Secretary of the Nigeria Barr. Association (NBA), Minna Branch, Barr. Mohammed Waziri, has enjoined the acting chief Judge to see reason by reviewing the increase in the fees, saying that it has taken ugly trends on the members of the bar and litigants within the jurisdiction.
He said the former chief judge took the decision without consulting  members of the judiciary. He described the position of the former chief judge as unjust.
He called on the acting chief judge to as a matter of fairness and justice review the increase in the interest of common man that see the judiciary as his last hope.