By Evans Abegbe
Edo State High Court, Benin City.
As part of his duties as the Chief Judge of Edo State and Chairman, Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee, Honourable Justice Joe itsebaga Acha has visited the various correctional centers in the state.
The visit which started on 13th of this month and ended on 15th took the Chief Judge to correctional center in Oko, Benin correctional center, Ubiaja correctional center and Auchi correctional center all located in Edo South, Central and North SENATORIAL DISTRICTS respectively.
A total of 8 inmates regained their freedom during the visit.
A combination of lack of evidence and unavailability of case files for cases that had been pending for up to five years were basis for release of the inmates.
In his address, Justice Acha explained “that the visit, apart from being an avowed commitment and collective determination of Edo State Judiciary and stake holders in the criminal justice sector to decongest correctional centers in the state, it is also to ensure that no one stays there a day longer than necessary by promoting speedy determination of criminal trials”.
He also appreciated the governor of Edo State Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki for his cooperation and support in making the visit possible.
EDO CHIEF JUDGE VISITS FAMILY OF LATE DSP ADAMS MICHEAL.
BY Evans Abegbe,
Media officer, Edo State High Court, Benin City.
The Chief Judge of Edo State, Honourable Justice Joe Itsebaga Acha has paid a condolence visit to the family of late DSP Adams Micheal who lost his life while men of the anti kidnapping squad of the Nigerian police carried out the rescue operation to free Magistrate Precious Agbonaga of Igueben Magistrate Court who was kidnapped on her way to Igueben from her abductors.
Delivering his condolence message, the Chief Judge eulogized the fallen officer, noting that he was a fearless and dogged officer who carried out his duty to his father land gallantly and faithfully, he however regretted that he paid the supreme price while doing what he knew how to do best.
Justice Acha maintained that it was a very unfortunate situation as his children was still very young and made prayers for God to grant the family the fortitude to bear such a great loss.
The Chief Judge promised to interface with the state government on ways to ensure that the family of late DSP ADAMS at this trying time and in the future.
In similar development the Honourable chief judge of Edo State, his lordship, Justice J. I. Acha also visited the Edo state commissioner of police to commiserate with him on the loss of one of his gallant officers during the rescue operation of a kidnapped Magistrate, Magistrate Precious Agbonaga.
The chief judge noted that it was very sad to lose such a gallant officer like DSP Adams Micheal who despite all odds went after dare devil kidnappers.
Edo state commissioner of police, CP Muhammad Dankwarra in his response thanked the chief Judge for the visit and explained that the death of DSP ADAMS was a rude shock from which he was yet to recover as the deceased was an officer he had come to respect because of his impeccable records and exemplary virtues.
He maintained that the police force will greatly miss him.