By Olaide Oyelude
Katsina State Governor, Dikko Radda, on Tuesday, cautioned the Nigerian Bar Association against assisting bandits and criminals to hide under the umbrella of fundamental human rights to evade justice.
According to him, many lawyers, hiding under the instrument of fundamental human rights, help bandits to secure bail.
A statement on Tuesday by the governor’s media aide, Ibrahim Mohammed, said Radda spoke at the swearing-in of four new state high court judges at the Government House in Katsina.
“Governor Radda expressed deep concern over instances where suspects, including bandits, terrorists, armed robbers, and rapists, were granted bail.
“He underscored the detrimental consequences of such releases, which have resulted in a surge of kidnappings, abductions, and the tragic loss of innocent lives.
“Governor Radda underscored the importance of holding the legal fraternity accountable, noting that certain members of the Nigerian Bar Association seemed to be exploiting the banner of fundamental human rights for self-serving agendas. He firmly asserted that these actions must not jeopardise the steadfast pursuit of justice and security within the state,” the statement read.
The governor also urged the judges to ensure speedy dispensation of justice, saying, “There is an adage that justice delayed is justice denied and this has been of concern to the government.”