Judge Umukoro Berates New Justice of Peace
Delta State Chief Judge, Justice Marshall Umukoro walked out a member of inaugurated 235 new Justices of Peace before the ceremony commenced for improper dressing, and walked him out before the ceremony commenced.
The chief judge has described him as a “motor park tout working for one of the commercial buses taking passengers from Asaba to Onitsha. He came into this hall with a sleeveless shirt, which is not proper for a Justice of Peace.”
Delta State Government has inaugurated 235 new Justices of Peace so as to bring peace to the door step of the communities with a warning not to sign search warrant without confirming from police authority. Justice Umukoro however tasked the other 234 Justices of Peace to bring peace and their various communities of resident across the state.
Justice Umukoro while inaugurating them in Asaba, charged them to preserve peace, to suppress riots and affrays, to dispense all forms of disorderliness among others. He advised the new Justices of Peace that by their appointment they were now role models to others in the society, adding that they should assist security agencies in crime fighting by providing credible information to security agents.
Justice Umukoro listed the functions of the JPs to include preservation of peace; suppressing riots; dispensing all forms of disorderliness; and directing post mortem examinations under section 12 of the Coroners Law.
Others include issuing summons and warrants for the purpose of compelling the attendance of accused person(s) as witness before court; issuing search warrants; taking solemn affirmations and statutory declaration; and any other assigned functions by the state governor.
According to him,”In carrying out these functions, you are expected to be fair and firm in your actions and decisions as your integrity will often be put to test. You are bound to face obstacles and challenges, but when you diligently apply yourselves to these challenges with a determination to succeed, you will always come out triumphantly,”
He said that the new appointees were selected after the authorities had carefully gone through their records, adding that their appointment was in fulfillment of Section 12(1) of the Magistrate Court Law which empowers the governor to appoint or remove anyone as a JP.
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