Prison Decongestion: Akwa Ibom Assembly tasks judiciary

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The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has charged the judiciary to do its best to decongest the prisons via speedy dispensing of justice.

The call was made during Thursday’s plenary by the Speaker of the state legislature, Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke after the house ratified the appointment of the acting Chief Judge of the state, Justice Godwin Abraham as the substantive Chief Judge of the state.
Justice Abraham who was sworn-in some months ago by the state governor on an acting capacity following the retirement of Justice Stephen Okon was confirmed following a satisfactory report by the House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Justice and Public Petitions read on the floor of the house. According to the report, the legal luminary has attained the mandatory 32 years along with other rigorous requirements.

In his reaction after the confirmation, Rt. Hon. Luke expressed his confidence in the ability of Justice Abraham to steer the ship of the state judiciary.
“It is our belief that he will deploy hus wealth of experience to bear in the discharge of his responsibility in ensuring access to justice and ensuring quick dispensation of justice in the state”.
What is of concern to us here in Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly is the need to decongest our prisons. And on this note, we have done our part as the House of Assembly in passing the administration of criminal justice law in the state, and we belive that the Chief Judge in collaboration with the entire judiciary will make for quick and absolute implementation of that law”.
“We equally look to a robust working relationship with the Judiciary under Hon. Justice Godwin Jack Abraham as very soon, we will commence our legislative – judiciary parley, where we would have to speak with the judges, magistrates and those who are members of the Judiciary arm of government of this state to see how we can fine-tune our laws for easy implementation, he added.

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