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UNHCR hands over court to Adamawa state Judiciary

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has handed over to the Adamawa State Government an upgraded Magistrate Court in Ganye, Ganye Local Government Area, which was destroyed by boko haram insurgents in 2013.

The Magistrate court has now been and now upgraded to a High Court.

The then Magistrate Court was among other government and private facilities that were destroyed by the insurgents, in what the authorities described as the first attack in Adamawa State by the insurgents.

On March 22, 2013 in Ganye, Adamawa State, boko Haram insurgents attacked the town and destroyed government and private facilities, including the Magistrate Court, which has now been renovated and upgraded to a High Court.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said the destruction had weaken access to justice and rule of law, hence their move to renovation and upgrade of the Magistrate Court in Ganye to a High Court.

UNHCR says the upgrade of the Magistrate Court is part of the UN agency’s efforts in providing solutions to the issues of internally displaced People and returnees in the state, due to the relative peace being enjoyed in the place.

According to the Deputy Governor of Adamawa State, Mr Martins Babale, while thanking the UNHCR for the upgrade, says the provision of justice to the people is one of the cardinal objectives of the present administration in the state.

One of the cardinal principles of this administration is to ensure the ease of access to justice. Your concern will always ensure that the institutions and process of justice are brought near citizens.”

The Chief Judge has assured me that within this year, Gombi and Numan Judicial Division would be opened too, while that of Michika should come by early next year, Mr. Babale said.

The Adamawa State Commissioner of Justice, Mr. Bala Silas Sang’a, said the state government would work with donor agencies, such as the UNHCR and European Union, to provide a Multi-door Court House in Ganye, with all aspects of justice to aid and facilitate the prosecution of offences.

When we are talking about the presence of all the structures and access to justice, there should be focus on where the refugees actually are, where the refugee want to integrate and be part of the society and therefore, that for us is the platform for having a sexual assault Reporting Centre, a Forensics Laboratory, together with a Multi-door Court House, together with the entire paraphernalia that goes with the Judicial Justice Sector System, said Mr. Sang’a

Also, the Chief Judge of Adamawa State, Justice Ishaya Banu, was full of commendations for the UNHCR for the kind gesture, while announcing the coming on board of the new High Courts in Numan, Gombi and Michika.

He also announced that the new High Court Judge would be posted to the Ganye High Court by October this year.

Source: Voice of Nigeria