- Posted by Editor
- On October 7, 2019
- 0 Comments
Get-rich-quick syndrome of Nigerian youths worries Delta Chief Judge
By Barth Ozah
DELTA State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro has expressed worries on get-rich-quick syndrome among the Nigerian youths which has increased the rates of crime in the country and called for a state of emergency to stem the tide.
The Chief Judge who made the call at the special court session held in Asaba, the State capital to usher in the new legal year chronicled the achievements of the judiciary in stemming upsurge of criminality in the State.
He decried the infiltration of crime in families, educational system, state institutions, corridors of power and even churches and mosques.
” The onslaught against violent crimes in our society is an undertaking in respect of which we must all see ourselves as stakeholders. We have a common enemy here and no stone should be left unturned in order to spare our dear State the bleak prospect of socio-economic collapse precipitated by an atmosphere of general insecurity of life and property. ”
Emphasising the increasing number of cases filed in courts and amount of patronage enjoyed from members of the public due to renewed public confidence in the Judiciary, Justice Umukoro disclosed that in the 2018/2019 legal year, total number of cases pending in the High Court was 7,358; those filed were 3,919; while 3,307 cases disposed and secured 60 convicts of which out of it were 16 kidnappers in high profile kidnap cases.
According to him, 340 persons were convicted in the Magistrates’ Court in 4, 585 cases filed and a total number of 8, 501 pending cases as at the end of July, 2019.
The Chief Judge who equally gave a breakdown of statistics of that of Revenue Court, Family Court, Customary Court and Delta State Multi-Door Court House, said since he took over the saddle of leadership of the Judiciary in 2015 he has created nine criminal divisions, which has added impetus for justice delivery.