The Chief Judge of Delta, Justice Marshall Umukoro, on Tuesday announced that mobile courts for non-compliance with COVID-19 protocols would commence sitting across the state on Wednesday.
Umukoro announced this in Asaba at the reopening of the rebuilt High Court Complex which was burnt down during ENDSARS protests in 2020.
He called on the public to ensure strict compliance with the COVID-19 protocols to avoid prosecution.
“As from tomorrow, (Wednesday), the mobile court on COVID-19 will start sitting. So, the media should spread the news and let the people know that anybody not wearing face masks from tomorrow will be prosecuted,” he stated.
The chief judge urged youths in the state to live within the ambits of the law, adding that most youths who fell short of the law were products of broken homes.
“We pray that our youths should be able to live within the limit of the law and morality.
“Most of the youths who engage in crimes are all products of broken homes. I go for prison visits and mostly all the inmates there are products of broken homes,” he said.
Umukoro also announced that the Local Government Elections Tribunals to receive petitions that would arise from the Local Government Councils elections scheduled for March 6, 2021 would be inaugurated Feb. 17.
“The law says that, latest two weeks before the election, the Election Petitions Tribunals ought to have been in place.
“So on the 17th of February, we will inaugurate the tribunals to receive petitions from the three senatorial districts in the state,” he stated.
Speaking at the occasion, the Commissioner for Information in the state, Mr Charles Aniagwu, told newsmen that the state government was building a new high court complex that would accommodate all the judges in Asaba.
He said Governor Okowa’s administration was conscious of access to justice and dispensation of justice in the state hence it embarked on the construction of the high court headquarters.
“Of course, you are aware of the new High Court building that is ongoing.
“A six-storey building that will house the office of the CJ and other Judges and it will be well digitalised to help in the speedy dispensation of justice,” Aniagwu said.