By Emmanuel Udom
Lack of adequate magistrates, judges and courts are some of the man reasons confronting the conclusion of criminal and other cases in various courts in Nigeria, at a record time.
This was the submission of Samuel Akpologun, Principal Partner, Samuel Akpologun & Co, located at Suit 9, Oyekola Shopping Complex 24 Egbe Road, Jakande Gate Bus Stop, Isolo, Lagos.
Speaking on the sideline during the Lagos ACJA Working Group meeting held over the weekend at CLEEN Foundation office in Lagos, the lawyer said magistrates and judges are choked-up with lots of case files waiting to be attended to, even as there are inadequate courts handling cases, nationwide.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari recently expressed his frustrations over the delay b magistrates, judges and justices to conclude their cases within a record time.
But, Akpologun, who is also a data collector for CLEEN Foundation said until adequate attention is paid to the present challenges of inadequate magistrates, judges and courts, the dream by the president for the judiciary to conclude its cases within a year could still remain a dream.
His words: “Magistrates, judges are intimidated by mounting case files, suffocating court rooms, epileptic power supply and inadequate courts to be able to carry out their functions effectively”.