Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, has urged the judiciary to ensure the speedy dispensation of kidnap cases.
This is even as he assured that the judiciary still remains the last bastion of hope for the common man.
Governor Okowa said this in Asaba on Tuesday when he received on a farewell visit from retiring Justice Ifeoma Okogwu of the State Judiciary and also inaugurated Dennis Agbaga as a member of the Judiciary Service Commission (JSC).
He also restated his administration’s commitment to the independence of the judiciary in the state and called for the speedy trial of kidnap cases to act as deterrent to criminal minded individuals.
While receiving retiring Justice Okogwu, the Governor decried the spate of kidnapping disclosing that the state law on kidnapping would be implemented to the latter as special courts have been established to handle quick dispensation of kidnap cases.
He commended the synergy among the security agencies in the state in tackling security issues explaining that some of the kidnappers have been arrested.
While commending Justice Okogwu for her meritorious service to the state, Okowa appreciated the Judiciary in the state for its boldness, support and understanding assuring it of the cooperation of the Executive arm in providing conducive working environment.
Inaugurating Agbaga as a member of JSC, Governor Okowa urged the judiciary to be dispassionate in the dispensation of justice stressing “the judiciary should remain the last hope of the common man as it is expected, you should embrace faithfulness, diligence, service above personal interest, shun discrimination and avoid corruption in the performance of your duties. You should also not allow anything to stand against unfettered dispensation of justice.
“This administration will continue to uphold the principle of separation of powers among the three arms of government and that the judiciary remains independent, we will do everything possible to put the state judiciary on a good pedestal for the administration of justice.
“It is the commitment of the state government to have a judiciary that is impartial, efficient, effective, reliable and ready to dispense timely justice that is accessible to all and capable of inspiring public confidence,” Okowa stated.
Earlier, in their separate responses, Justice Okogwu and Agbaga thanked Governor Okowa for the opportunity to serve the state in their different capacities, calling for continued support for the judiciary in the state.