Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has called on judicial officers to uphold the principles of justice and fairness in the discharge of their responsibilities.
The Governor stated this during a thanksgiving service to mark the commencement 2016/2017 legal year in Akwa Ibom held at Insight Bible Church, in Uyo,
He decried a situation where suspected criminals on trial evade prosecution on grounds of insufficient evidence and urged prosecutors to evolve means that would make it difficult for criminals to escape the law.
‘’I feel so pained to see kidnappers, notorious armed robbers and other dangerous criminals left off the hook due to shoddy manner of arraignment in our courts.
When these types of persons are allowed to come back, instead of behaving well, what we have observed is that they unleashed ferocious and deadly terror on the society’’ he stated.
The Governor therefore urged the judiciary to ensure speedy dispensation of justice through effective collaboration between the security agencies and judicial officers.
He congratulated the Judiciary on the commencement the new legal year observed that Judiciary as an arm of government has proven itself as pillar of democracy and has shown transparency as well as clear demonstration of commitment in the protection of the rights of the common man.
Udom who commended the existing cordial relationship between the state judiciary and other arms of government said that the judiciary has shown tremendous understanding with the Executive particularly in their demands given the economic crunch confronting the state.
On his part, the state chief Judge, Justice Stephen Okon, said God has been faithful to the Judiciary throughout the concluding year and that the institution is thriving on its constitutional responsibilities.
He sued for public cooperation to enable the arm of government discharge it duties creditably.
Okon said to achieve efficiency in service delivery the judiciary has introduced an automated digital system to fast-track its operations in line with the digital age and explained that the setting up of Multi Door Court was to quicken the process of justice delivery.
The state Chief Judge appealed to the people to embrace the services of the Multi Door Court to reduce the work load on the conventional court and expressed appreciation to the executive and other arms of government for the support given to the Judiciary saying that such gesture has helped the Judiciary to meet its obligations.