Police in Rivers state says the murder charges filed against the serial killer gracious David west is still pending at high court in port Harcourt one week after filing yet to be assigned to a judge.
The commissioner of police in Rivers state Mustapha Dandaura stated this when he led the police management team to a courtesy call to the chief judge of Rivers State Judiciary at the state high court yesterday.
He lamented that lack of speedy dispensation of justice and granting of cheap bail condition to high profile criminals are some setbacks faced by police in prosecuting criminal cases
CP Dandaura said the aim of the visit is to synergize with the judiciary on speed dispensation of justice delivery. He listed the following as part of the challenges that needs to be strengthened between the police and the judiciary
he said the way and manner the rivers state judiciary issues Garnishee order against the police is becoming alarm. He cited that an order issued to the police some weeks back ordering police to pay huge sums of money as damages was not in a good taste
he said the judges are in the habits of always dragging the police to appear in person in a matter that can be handled by the prosecuting counsel
he said another worrisome issue is the way the judges make bail so easy for high profile criminals and yet makes it near impossible for petty criminal offences to secure and meet bail condition ‘’mi lord I want to plead that the judges stop granting cheap bail condition to high profile criminals, which most times when they are granted bail they go back to the community to terrorized those who had volunteered information to police against them’’.
Another issue mi Lord is the late remittance of case file to director of public prosecutor DPP to assigning case for further hearing, he explained that sometimes cases pending for DPP advise may never return to court as the files can’t be either found or dismissed without the knowledge of the prosecuting counsel
Overloading of cases to some or a particular judge while others are free, or seems to enjoy so much non court appearance to the detriment of justice delivery.
The CP Said he observed that TWO Magistrate sits in one particular court which makes it almost impossible for the magistrate to cool down to listen to cases on merits.
He said this issue is not only delaying the justice delivery sometimes cases meant to be heard at a particular day are adjourned and adjourned until the parties to the matter are tired of coming to court and the suspects are remanded to prison custody unduly
For her part the chief judge of Rivers State Judiciary, Justice Adama Iyaye Lamikanra promised to look into the issues raised by the CP and charged the Police to stay off civil matters.
She ordered that the case file of David Gracious West should be brought to her desk for the case to be assigned to a judge.
The CJ Explained that no judge in the rivers state Judiciary works harder than another judge, ‘’ I don’t think there’s any judge in this state that has more case than the other person because I assign the cases myself. There is no judge in rivers state that has less than 300 cases in his dockets, I know that because I do the assigning of cases myself.
She noted that the issue of two magistrate sharing the same court is due to the issue of space explain that the way she has solved the matter is that one magistrate sits between the hours of 9 am to 1 pm while the next judge takes up 1pm to 4 pm.
Our Correspondent reports that high court judges present at the meeting however blamed police investigator and prosecutor for not doing due diligence in court processes responsible for lack of synergy between the Judiciary and police
They called on police authorities to organize a refreshers course for the prosecuting counsels are always in the habit abusing court process and not obtaining proper filing of cases.
They also asked the commissioner of police to provide police orderlies to some magistrates in the state and to ensure that police posted to judges quarter are monitored as most of them do not show up at their duty post