Chief Registrar, Niger State Judiciary, Alh. Hamza Mu’azu.

By Uthman Siraja

25 magistrate courts in Niger State have so far been renovated and furnished while five other new ones were built in Tegina, Lemu,Kataeregi, Babanna and Paiko; in addition to the two high courts that were also renovated and furnished in Bida and Kontagora.

Chief Registrar of the state high courts, Alh. Hamza Mu’azu disclosed this to newsmen in his office in Minna, recently. He said that some high court judges and magistrates as well as supporting staff of the Judiciary have attended courses and training within and outside the country to improve their knowledge within the last one year.

Equally, the chief registrar said that a total of 46 Peugeot cars have been presented to the Niger State Judiciary to be distributed to magistrates and shari’a court judges in the state. He said that out of the 46 vehicles, 20 were given to shari’a court judges while 26 were distributed to the magistrates, adding that the Niger State Government made the provision to the Judiciary officers to dignify their positions and to also alleviate their logistic problems in the discharge of their responsibilities.

He said that in view of the hardship, coupled with the hazardous nature of their job, the state governor, Alh. Abubakar Sani Bello considers it necessary to procure the vehicles for the judicial officers.

The CR noted that some of the magistrates and shari’a court judges always encounter difficulties attending their courts due to lack of official cars which at times subjected them to untold hardship describing the trend as undignified of a judicial officer.

“You could recall that a shari’a court judge was kidnapped sometimes ago when he boarded a motorcycle on his way to his court in one of the rural areas. This happened to him as a result of lack of official vehicle attached to him. Thank God, with the support of the state government he was released and re-united with his family” he said.

 Alh. Hamza further explained that as a result of that incident, the state governor requested the commissioner of police to attach Police Orderly to the magistrates for their own security. He also pointed out that as part of the governor’s quest to improve the welfare of the judicial officers, he approved the payment of an outstanding wardrobe allowance which was paid in full to all the 140 magistrates that are on the payroll of the state government.

Similarly, some court registrars in the service of the Judiciary have undergone various information technology training to enable them be computer literate noting that the achievements recorded by the Judiciary within the year under review was as a result of the unflinching support accorded by the state governor Alh. Abubakar Sani Bello with the needed financial support stressing the need for the governor to speed-up the full implementation of the  financial autonomy to the Judiciary.