By Festus Ahon
ASABA—THE Chief Judge of Delta State, Justice Marshal Umukoro, has condemned the burning of Ogwashi-Uku Magistrate’s Court by some criminal elements, saying it was a shame to their collective reputation that in the year 2017, people still sit down and initiate plans to burn down public property, “painfully, a court building for that matter.”
Umukoro, who spoke while inaugurating a magistrate’s court in Igbodo, Ika North-East Local Government Area of the state, urged the people of Igbodo not to imitate the “deviants in Ogwashi-Uku.”
He maintained that with the establishment of the Igbodo Magistrate’s Court, the arraignment of criminal suspects will no longer be at the magistrate’s court at Umunede, adding that “the jurisdiction of the Igbodo Magistrate’s Court includes Igbodo, Ekwuoma, Ute Ugbeojei and Owerre Olubor communities.”
Enjoining the Police to provide security for the presiding magistrate during court sessions, he appealed to the pioneer members of staff of the court to exhibit the highest form of commendable conduct “devoid of cheating, extortion, bribery and corruption as anyone caught in such acts would be dealt with severely.”
Emphasizing that the Igbodo Magistrate’s Court should be protected, Umukoro stressed the need for more partnership between government and the people of Igbodo for greater development.
Also speaking at the ceremony which attracted dignitaries from all walks of life, including traditional rulers, members of the Bench and Bar, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Peter Mrakpor, commended the community for the donation of the court building, offices and magistrate’s residence.
At the special court session to mark the formal opening of the Magistrate Court in Igbodo, Umukoro said “the magistrate court in Igbodo was the second to be commissioned this year in the state having declared open the Magistrate Court, Okpokunou in Burutu Local Government Area.”