By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”The Department of Public Prosecution/Legal Research of the Imo State Ministry of Justice, disposed a total of 190 cases in 2007, 217 in 2008 and 122 in 2009. The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prince KenÂ Njemanze,SAN, who disclosed this in an interview, also revealed that his Ministry vetted and returned 385 case files to the police in 2009.
â€œWe successfully disposed 102 motions last year and wrote a total of 260 legal opinions within the period under review,â€ Njemanze said. Fielding questions, the Attorney General said that a department of Alternative Dispute Resolution, ADR, had been established in an effort to ensure speedy dispensation of justice for the benefit of the citizenry.
â€œThis new frontier in the quest for lasting justice, which is people oriented is akin to the African way of settling disputes. The era of gunboat diplomacy is fast losing ground to round table diplomacy by mediation,â€ Njemanze said. He described the future of ADR in the state as â€œvery bright,â€ adding that the citizens are excited and even visiting the Department with one problem or the other and looking forward to availing themselves of the benefit it can afford.