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Release prisoners if you cannot prosecute them, High Court Judge tells Kano Attorney General

Release prisoners if you cannot prosecute them, High Court Judge tells Kano Attorney General

The Attorney-General of Kano State, Haruna Isa Dederi, has been urged to release all prisoners in the state correctional facilities if he is too busy to diligently prosecute their cases.

A Kano State High Court judge, Justice Amina Adamu Aliyu, gave this advice in court on Wednesday.

She said “You can’t keep someone in prison and tell me the office of the attorney-general is busy. When you file a charge, it is your responsibility to prosecute. If you are too busy to prosecute, then release them.”

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Justice Aliyu was visibly angered by the way she said state counsel come to court not prepared to continue with most of the criminal cases they are prosecuting.

In a particular case, she observed that state counsel who appear serious tend to become less serious as they get promoted in civil service. A counsel however responded that the office of the attorney-general is a busy one.

The judge asked if the attorney-general’s office has a responsibility bigger than prosecution.

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According to her, “The busiest things the office of the attorney-general does is to prosecute. If you do not prosecute, what else do you do? In the past few days, cases couldn’t go on. It is not funny. All these people, their liberty were restrained, and I feel pained when a state counsel does not come to courts, or he comes only to adjourn.”

 

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