Niger CJ swears in 13 new magistrates, warns on abuse of powers

The Chief Judge of Niger state, Justice Muhammad Aliyu Mayaki, has sworn in 13 new magistrates with a warning that they should avoid arbitrary exercise and abuse of powers in the dispensation of cases.

Mayaki, in a brief ceremony held Friday at the state Judicial Service Commission (NJSC) secretariat, also advised them not to delay cases brought before them, adding that “you should, however, not be afraid to declare your decision in matters in your court.”

“Let you view not be blurred by confusion. You are to work hard and avoid wrong persuasion. Be proud of your decisions but do not be lazy,” he said.

Justice Mayaki advised the new magistrates not to dabbled into cases in which they had no jurisdiction, adding that government “will soon promulgate a bill that will empowers magistrates to remand accuse persons in cases referred to higher courts of jurisdiction to avoid suspects jumping bails so granted.”

“When such accused persons are granted bail, they disappeared creating problem in the hearing of the case at the high court. We have approached the government to forward a bill to the state House of Assembly to promulgate the law empowering magistrates to detain accuse persons in such cases before the high court takes over.”

The new magistrates are Aisha Muhammad Mayaki; Ahmed Aliyu Musa; Ibrahim Kaula Abubakar; Danjuma Dangana; Mohammed Abubakar; Gambo Tukara, and Hamza Suyah.

Others are Nasiru Mohammed Attahiru; Mohammed Mai Beza; Amina Mohammed Kudu; Fatima Mohammed; Umar Abdullahi Danlami, and Abdulkadir Zakariyya.

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