The Archbishop of Methodist Archdiocese of Enugu, Most Rev. Christopher Ede, has called for adequate funding of the judiciary by both the federal and state governments.
Ede made the call in a homily he delivered at the special church service to mark the beginning of the New Legal Year of the Enugu State judiciary on Friday, in Enugu.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the service was held at Wesley Cathedral, Uwani, Enugu.
He noted that funding and equipping the judiciary optimally would go a long way in empowering the judiciary to do its job and check any form of miscarriage of justice in the judicial system.
“I appeal that judges, magistrates and the entire judiciary should be given what is due to them, especially those things that would help them to improve on their work.
“This, when done, will surely go a long way to check delays and sometimes suspected miscarriage of justice, which, at times, is not intentional but circumstantial or environmental,’’ he said.
Ede, however, warned judicial officers against intentional miscarriage of justice, irrespective of the tribe, socio-economic status or political affiliation of person(s) involved.
According to him, God demands equity, fairness and justice from all, especially those in the temple of justice.
“You should not be partial for any reason and you should avoid occasions that will make you bend the law and make the innocent get into more trouble, while the culprit is acquitted.
“If you intentionally do miscarriage of justice, God, in His capacity, will deal with you. Justice remains an attribute of God and He demands it from everyone,’’ he said.
The cleric prayed for all members of the judiciary in the state for God’s strength, courage and wisdom to give right judgments always as well as His protection over them this legal year.
In his welcome address, the state Chief Judge, Justice Priscilla Emehelu, lauded Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for being a judiciary-friendly governor, adding that he always approved demands from the judiciary with dispatch.
“We are lucky to have a humble and listening governor, who strives to ensure that the judiciary is given the best within the limited resources of the state,’’ Emehelu said.
The chief judge also thanked her colleagues in the judiciary, especially those from other states who graced the occasion, adding “the judiciary remains one big family throughout the country”.
NAN reports that the service was attended by Ugwuanyi, members of the state Executive Council as well as members of the state House of Assembly. (NAN)
Edited by Buhari Bolaji and ‘Wale Sadeeq