Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
As part of efforts to decongest correction centres and police Custody , the Acting Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Henry Olusuyi, has offered to help the Nigerian Police decongest detention cells in the state. He said though the Police are not supposed to detain suspects more than necessary to enhance speedy administration of Justice but the present situation arising from COVID-19 lockdown has caused the cells to be over crowded beyond capacity.
Justice Olusuyi made this pledge when he paid a courtesy visit to the State Commissioner of Police , CP Ayuba Ede in office on Wednesday, stated that the State Judiciary is set for the speedy trial of criminal cases .
He explained that he and his entourage came to Police Headquarters as follow up to the earlier visit to his office by the Deputy Commissioner of Police who laid complaints about the congestion of the Police Custody following the refusal of Nigerian Correctional Centres to receive the awaiting trial suspects especially in this period of pandemic that has changed so many things around the world .
He restated the commitment of the Judiciary to continue to partner with all the security agencies in the state particularly the Police Command .
“We are here to identify with your adrous tasks of maintain law and order in this difficult time. We have come to see how you have been coping with the new challenges the command is facing to combat crimes,” the CJ said.
He reiterated that suspects should not be kept in the correctional centres more than necessary stressing that the magistrate’s courts are opened for all cases, while the high courts have gone on vacaton stating that criminal cases will be handled on daily basis as soon as the vacation is over.
He therefore commended the Commissioner of Police CP Ayuba Ede in his efforts to combat crimes in Kogi State.
The State Commissiner of Police, CP Ede, led the Acting Chief Judge to inspect the Police Custody at the Headquarters where 19 suspects said to be detained by the order of courts were detained.
The Acting CJ proceeded to A Division where 14 other suspects that have just been arrested by the police operatives for different crimes were detained.
Justice Olusuyi however assured the suspects of the speed trial of their cases as soon as possible.