rom Ahmad Ibrahim, Lokoja
The immediate past Grand Kadi of Sharia Court of Appeal in Kogi State, Hon. Kadi Zakariya Muhammad has called on Governor Yahaya Bello to pay the gratuities of all retired judicial officers in the state, to enable them confront challenges of life.
Kadi Zakariya Muhammad made the call on Tuesday at a valedictory court session held at the High Court of Justice, Headquarters, Lokoja, in honour of the deceased and retired judicial officers of the state judiciary.
Hon. Kadi Muhammad noted that the payment would help to alleviate their sufferings, adding that it would go a long way to reduce the hardships faced by retired judges and those that left their families behind after succumbing to the cold hands of death.
Also speaking, a former judge of the state Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Elias Egwu asked the judiciary to work on the jurisdiction of the customary court of appeal, which has generated controversies across the country.
According to him, the issue of jurisdiction has been a serious matter for quite sometime now, stressing that, their areas of jurisdiction should be clearly spelt out to ensure that customary matters are speedily resolved.
The retired judicial officers maintained that under the present arrangement, the jurisdiction of the customary are restricted, and stressed the need for the state judiciary to organize seminars for judges and legal practitioners so as to nip the controversies in the bud.
In his farewell message, the Acting Chief Judge of Kogi State, Hon. Justice Henry Olusiyi described the deceased judges as men of great character who no doubt, have left indelible footprints on the sands of time.
“Although we are greatly pained by their exits, we, nonetheless, give thanks to God for the times and seasons we spent together on this side of the great divine. It shall be well with every members of the families and all of us that they have left behind”, he pointed out.