The Chief Judge of Kogi state, Justice Nasir Ajanah has said that the submerged Koton-Karfe High Court complex would be relocated to avoid the perennial flooding and the attendant challenges in administration of justice.
Ajanah who disclosed this in Kotokarfe during an on the spot assessment of the extent of damage done to the submerged complex said relocation has become a compelling imperative to arrest the perennial breaks in the administration of criminal justice in the area.
“The busiest prison yard in the state is located is this town, Kotokarfe. So, it is imperative that we relocate the court from here to another location within the town. That is the most important thing to do now because this is a very busy place”, he said.
Ajanah said the cost of putting up a new complex for the High Court and the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Koton-Karfe would be included in the state supplementary budget and hoped that it would be approved and released.
The Chief Judge who took time to visit the traditional chief of the town, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Isah-Koto, reiterated the need to relocate the court and appealed to the traditional ruler to allocate land for the construction of a new complex. Responding, the paramount ruler expressed the community’s regrets over the unfortunate hiccups arising from the natural disaster and promised that land would be sought and allocated within the next one week.
Isah-Koto however appealed to the Chief Judge to establish smaller courts especially around the new Medium Security Prison for quick dispensation of criminal justice in the area.