Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, on Friday, urged judges within the State to be firm while handling cases involving rape and kidnapping.
The Governor advised while swearing-in the new President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Sati Dapit, and five other judges of the supreme court at the govt House, Jos.
The new supreme court Judges are Justices Naankwat Shaseet and Buetnaan Bassi.
Justices Pauline Njar, Edwin Sati Munlang, and Georgina Dashe were sworn-in as Customary Court of Appeal Judges.
Long said firmness was required in handling rape cases as victims are left helpless and with health challenges, while kidnapping cases daunt investors.
He expressed concern that rape and kidnapping suspects were granted bail despite the gravity of their alleged offenses.
According to him, granting bail to such suspects posed security threats.
“When I met with stakeholders recently, concerns were raised about the prosecution of suspects who are arrested for kidnapping. a number of them, we understand, don’t get to be arraigned as when due and even get released for free of charge despite evidence tendered to enforcement agents.
“While we are addressing the difficulty with the police concerning arrest, investigation, and prosecution, I would like to appeal to our judges to be very firm in trying such cases when brought before them, as kidnapping is fast becoming an industry with nobody immune from the menace,” the Governor said.
He advised the newly sworn-in judicial officers to not be compromised or tempted by mouth-watering proposals.
“I charge the new judges to make sure that they live up to their oath of office in dispensing justice without worrying or favor, affection or ill-will.
“That is that the only way we will sustain the material of our society which we’ve chosen to predicate on the rule of law and which guarantees the equal treatment of citizens,” he said.