From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina
The Katsina State Chief Judge, Justice Musa Danladi, has warned Shari’ah Court Judges to shun corruption and laxity in the dispensation of justice.
Danladi gave the warning yesterday in Katsina in a keynote address during a two-day workshop on Shariah Procedure and Practice, organized for Shariah Court Judges in the state.
He said that there were complaints on some of the judges, hence the need for them to adhere to the judicial ethics and code of conducts.
The CJ said that the judges must be guided by God fearing, Quran and the Prophetic Traditions, and must attend courts in good time, have a good appearance and do not disgrace people in their courts.
He further said that judges should not attend event that would spoil their names and reputation, and have good relationship with the people among others.
The CJ also warned them against taking decisions when they are tired.
In his remarks, the state Grand Khadi, Hafiz Abubakar, said that the state government had constituted a Shariah Commission saddled with responsibility of screening Shariah court judges in the state.
He urged the state government to establish Hizbah Commission to enable it enforces Shariah principles.
Abubakar said that the Shariah commission had intensified enlightenment on Shariah law for peaceful coexistence in the state.
He urged the state government to establish two additional courts as approved in the 2019 budget.
Also speaking, the Nigeria’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, who is the former Grand Khadi Isa Dodo, urged the government to place the control of the Shariah courts under the Shariah Court of Appeal like in other states that established Shariah Law.
Dodo appealed to the participants to participate fully in the workshop with a view to widen their knowledge for smooth dispensation of cases in their various courts.
The state Attorney-General, Ahmed El-marzuq, said that the government had already sent a bill for the establishment of Hizbah Commission to the State House of Assembly.
El-marzuq, who represented Gov Aminu Masari, said that the state government would continue to support judiciary with enough funds to enable it discharge its constitutional responsibility.
He reminded judges on the need for them to adhere to the judicial ethics and code of conducts.
In his remarks, the Secretary, Katsina Shariah Commission, Alhaji Magaji Liman, urged the participants to put in practice what they have learnt during the workshop.
Liman commended the state government for the support it had been given to the commission.