A leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Kwara state, Alhaji Azeez Adebayo, has called on the federal government to appoint more judges to facilitate the speedy trial of criminal cases, thereby solving the insecurity problems plaguing Nigeria.
The octogenarian said cases within the country’s judiciary, which should normally last six months, now last six years, adding to the insecurity in Nigeria.
Speaking to journalists in Ilorin, the state capital, Adebayo explained that the centuries-long delay in lawsuits and the lengthy detention of suspects awaiting trial in custody have led to many people have found ways to prevent their case from going to court.
“Today, people commit crimes and go free because of the fear of endless court adjustments, which has left some cases taking many years to reach a final verdict. Federal and state governments should appoint more judges and magistrates across the board to facilitate rapid administration of justice in Nigeria,” he said.
Adebayo, who recalls with nostalgia his case several years ago, which took seven years before the final verdict was given, said he would not have wanted any of his enemies to go through that experience again.
The APC chief also said there are some bad eggs among the nation’s judges, and urged the National Judicial Council to decontaminate the judiciary.
“Some judges do not have integrity due to their behavior and character and that is why they give others a bad name. Despite the huge amount paid to the judges by the federal government due to the nature of their work, the vast wealth that some of them acquire that far outweigh what they take home should be a serious concern and should being investigated,” he said.
Concerned about growing insecurity across the country, the octogenarian asked the federal government to mop up illegal weapons and ammunition that were in private hands, and gave deadlines to voluntarily hand them over to the police and then arrest anyone caught. was on its use for kidnapping and other vices.
He said that if kidnappings and other vices are not dealt with head-on, kidnappings would take place almost everywhere very soon, as people would be freely robbed of their hard-earned money while the authorities could do nothing about it.
Adebayo, an industrialist who is chairman of the Haaz group of companies, also urged the federal government to restore dilapidated infrastructure in critical parts of the country in order to attract foreign investors and thus solve the problem of unemployment and poor unemployment. tackling the economy.
He blamed union leaders for the current rise in food prices due to inflation due to the ongoing struggle for minimum wages over the years.
“The union leaders should fight for a better economy and regulation of food prices in the markets instead of constantly asking for salary increases. The truth is that those who do not cooperate with the government are indirectly withdrawing the minimum wage, and the implication is what we are currently experiencing from rising food prices in our markets,” he said.