‘We’re overburdened with criminal cases’- Chief Judge


The Chief Judge of Benue State, Justice Aondover Kaka’an, has said the judiciary is almost at a crisis point, as 11,737 criminal and civil cases are pending at courts.

He said the High Court recorded 2,836 criminal cases and civil ones, out of which 470 were disposed of, while 2, 366 are pending.

Justice Kaka’an, who spoke in Makurdi at a special court session marking the 2019/2020 legal year, said the High Court also recorded 2, 287 motions and disposed of 975, leaving 1,312 pending.

He said the magistrates’ and area courts registered 14,054 criminal cases, out of which 2,317 were disposed of.

The chief judge said more hands should be brought in to reduce the work load on overburdened judicial officers.