JUSUN STRIKEBy Uthman Siraja

Niger State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justic, Bar.  Nasara Dan Malam has said that Governor Abubakar Sani Bello was not against the financial autonomy and independence of the Judiciary.

He stated that the governor was passionate and committed to the independence of the Judiciary, stressing that he was prepared to ensure the function of the Judiciary in the state.

He told Newsline in an exclusive interview in his office during the week that the governor was known to be a respecter of the rule of law and he will not in any way go against the provision of the law and the Constitution.

According to him, the governor has been partnering with the state Judiciary since he assumed office as governor in 2015, and he will continue to synergize with the Judiciary in the overall interest of the state.

He described as unfortunate the manner in which the members of JUSUN were prolonging the strike appealing to them to see reasons by calling off the industrial action in the interest of administration of criminal Justice.

He noted that the financial autonomy and independence of the Judiciary as enshrined in section 121 subsection 3 of the 1999 constitution as amended was already being complied with by the Niger State  adding that governor Sani Bello was not unaware of the position of the law as regards the autonomy of the Judiciary.

He expressed concern over the way and manner the right of the suspects languishing at police detention facilities was being trampled upon as a result of the industrial face-off noting that the trend was disturbing and worrisome.

“If not for the industrial face off, these suspects languishing at the state criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), would have been taken to court for prosecution.

“As a result of this prolonged strike, their constitutional rights was been trampled upon, which ordinarily was not supposed to be so.”

The attorney general, while commending the men and operatives of the state criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department of the Niger State Police command under the leadership of the Deputy Commissioner of police, DCP Tahir Ya’u Abdullahi for their patience and commitment in accommodating the suspects.

 He assured that the government was prepared to see to the end of the industrial action.

He passionately appealed to the striking workers of the Judiciary to in the interim bring the strike to an end.