By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”Delta State chapter of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has raised alarm over the recent appointments and swearing-in of 16 new magistrates into the magistracy arm of the state judiciary.
The CDHR lamented that due process was not followed in the appointment of the magistrates by government.
State co-ordinator of the group, Mr. Oghenejabor Ikimi, said: â€œWe, members of the CDHR, Delta State chapter, are alarmed at the recent appointments and swearing-in of 16 new magistrates into the magistracy arm of Delta State Judiciary as due process was not followed by government.
â€œWe challenge the state judicial commission to explain to the bewildered members of the public how it came about these recent appointments immediately after it had appointed and sworn-in 24 magistrates about two months ago in like manner.
â€œWe fear that since these magisterial appointments are not based on merit, but on political considerations and the â€˜who know man basisâ€™, our magistracy might soon witness the emergence of magistrate politicians to the detriment of the judiciary and the downtrodden masses in the state whose last hope is the judiciary.
â€œWe call on all and sundry to condemn these appointments for the sake of a vibrant magistracy in the state.â€