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Govt Warns Lawyers Against Subverting Justice

The Delta State Attorney- General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor, Tuesday, warned lawyers against compromising the ethics of the legal profession, insisting that anyone found subverting the cause of justice would be prosecuted and sent to jail.

The Attorney-General read the act to lawyers during a 30 minutes discussion with journalists in Asaba, the Delta State capital, on Tuesday.

Mrakpor who spoke on issues bordering on justice administration in the state, reminded legal officers of their onerous responsibilities to the government and people of the state and enjoined them to be driven by the need to satisfy societal needs while discharging their duties to the people fairly according to law.

He pledged his commitment to overhaul and sanitize the dispensation of justice by stamping out all forms of corrupt practices and bottlenecks that hamper justice delivery, maintaining that anyone who attempted to influence legal opinion in their favour would be liable to prosecution.

On the rising cases of rape and domestic violence against women,the Attorney General said the Ministry of Justice has set up a Special Unit to fast track the prosecution of offenders. He restated his resolve to prosecute all rapists in accordance with the relevant sections of law and charged parents and guardians to always interact with their children and ensure that they give their wards safety and security tips as a means of protecting them from predators who are mostly insiders.

While calling on victims and their relatives to report all cases to the police for investigation, Mrakpor charged parents to always resist all forms of entreaties made by family members, community leaders, clergymen, friends and relatives of both parties to settle such grievous offences either at the police station or out of court.

He warned that he would arrest and prosecute all those that interfere with such unholy alliance, explaining that he would explore the possibilities of a collaborative effort with the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Women Society and the Ministry of Education to address the challenge.



– Omos Oyinbode, Asaba

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