Bauchi Chief Judge upset with number of awaiting trial kids
By Abbas Gungura, Bauchi
The Chief Judge of Bauchi State, Justice Rabi Talatu Umar said she was totally upset and terribly disturbed at seeing under-aged children awaiting trial at the Bauchi Remand Home having committed criminal offences.
She said, “It is disturbing and mind boggling to see such under-aged children at the remand home having committed criminal offences”.
Speaking shortly after her two-day cases review exercise across the correctional and custodial centres in the state, the Chief Judge explained that she was surprised to see such children committing criminal offences such as armed robbery and kidnapping.
“I was perturbed when I saw these children with age ranging between 12 and 14 years in custody for offences such as culpable homicide, kidnapping, armed robbery, and rape. I am demoralized over this very terrible situation”, Rabi frowned.
According to her, she has never in life witnessed such ugly scenario where under-aged children ranging between 12 and 14 years committing such criminal offences in the state.
“It is because of the magnitude of the offences being committed by these`under-aged children that I instructed for further investigations to determine whether they commit such nefarious activities in collaboration with hardened criminals”.
The Bauchi chief judge while fielding reporters’ questions at the Bauchi custodial centre therefore advised parents and guardians to closely monitor the activities of their wards to forestall being influenced by men of the underworld.
Justice Rabi who released nine awaiting trial inmates (ATIs) at the Bauchi Custodial centre, thereby giving a total of 19 persons released during the review exercise, noted that such nefarious activities of the under-aged portends trouble to the society.
She advised the released ATIs to change their attitudes on returning homes, and see their stay in custody as a lesson to guard against further indulging in nefarious activities.