Wike tells magistrate to be fearless in administering justice

    From Nwadike Ugochukwu, Port Harcourt
    Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on Magistrates  across the country  to be fearless and firm in their dispensation  of justice.
    Speaking when he granted  audience to the Members of the National Executive Committee of the Magistrates Association of Nigeria, Governor  Wike  said  that  the  functions of Magistrates  remain  vital to  the  dispensation  of justice in the country.
    He urged Magistrates to stop the practice of returning  case files on the basis that they are afraid of the antics of certain  interests and those who  will malign them after delivering  judgment.
    He said: “judicial officers should not abdicate their responsibilities because  they are afraid  of  petitions. If everyone throws in the towel, who will dispense justice?”
    While noting that every profession has its inherent risks, Governor Wike advised the magistrates to always  remain focused as they deliver judgements  within the ambit of  the law.
    The governor approved the request of the Magistrates Association of Nigeria that the biennial delegates conference be hosted in Port Harcourt.
    He said the state will be hosting several  national events between  May and October in response to the improving security  in the state.
    Earlier, the President of Magistrates Association of Nigeria, . Victoria Isiguzo called on Governor Wike to support the hosting of the Biennial delegates conference where new executives will be elected for the association.
    She commended the governor for granting financial autonomy to the State Judiciary and approving the procurement of official  vehicles  for Magistrates.