By Suzan Edeh
The Nigeria Bar Association, Bauchi State Chapter, has decried the deplorable state of the judiciary in the state, saying, with the wave of insecurity experienced in the country, the state needs a functional judiciary to dispense justice.
It said there is an escalation of crime in the state, particularly armed robbery and Sara Suka militancy, which, if left unchecked by the judiciary, will throw the state into anarchy.
According to a press statement by the chairman of the NBA, Mohammed Alhassan, the association lamented the lack of court rooms and other basic facilities that will engender a functional judiciary in Bauchi.
“There are only three permanent court rooms for magistrates which are located in Azare, Ningi and Misau local government area of the state while the rest are makeshift buildings donated by the respective host local governments to the judiciary in addition to the movement of magistrate courts from their rented quarters which they presided their courts twice throughout the year,”Alhassan lamented.
He appealed to the state government to construct a benefiting magistracy for Bauchi given that the location of the newly rented magistrate court is desolate and the security of judges and members can be compromised.