The Commissioner of Police, Ogun State Command, CP Ahmed Iliyasu has advocated for the adequate funding of the Nation’s Judiciary if the quest for effective Justice delivery is to be achieved.
This revelation was contained in a paper titled; Effective Justice Delivery; Collaboration Within The Justice Sector, delivered by the State Police Chief at the 2017 Ogun State Judiciary Judges’ Conference held recently at the High Court Conference Hall, Isabo, Abeokuta.
CP Iliyasu noted that for the quest of Effective Justice Delivery not to be a mere shadow chasing, the budget of the judiciary should be from Consolidated Fund or fixed charge devoid of any Executive interference.
According to Iliyasu, one of the major reasons militating against effective justice delivery in Nigeria is poor funding of the Judiciary, adding that some Magistrates do not have the necessary comfort to work with and where some are provided with official vehicle, probably once in 10years, they are not provided with sufficient maintenance allowance from the government.
Furthermore, as a way out of this unpalatable situation, CP Iliyasu suggested that a consistent and adequate judicial budget devoid of Executive interference should be favoured by the government.
He stated further that there are other factors militating against Effective Justice Delivery in Nigeria, aside the inadequate funding. These include but not limited to, transfer of Judges and Magistrate, use of Long hand in recording proceedings, Lack of adequate Court Rooms and Poor facilities.
Some of the dignitaries at the Conference were; Chief Judge of Ogun State, Hon. Justice Olatokunbo Olopade, Chief Judge, FCT, High Court, Abuja, Hon. Justice Ishaq U. Bello, Attorney-General, Ogun State and Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Olumide Ayeni, Olusola Ojutalayo, SAN, Judges in the State and Legal Practitioners within and outside the State.