The Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong, has sworn in Justice David Gwong Mann as the substantive chief judge of the state.
The governor while swearing in the new CJ at the Victoria Gowon Hall, New Government House Little Rayfield Jos, urged him to resist any pressure from politicians and other vested interests seeking to compromise the judiciary.
Lalong also drew the attention of Justice Mann to the challenges of speedy dispensation of justice, particularly, suspects arraigned for violent crimes including terrorism.
“Findings have shown that lack of conclusion of some of these cases on time seemed to create an impression among criminals that they can carry out crimes and not be punished. It is our view that when such cases are dealt with expeditiously and those found guilty are punished, it will deter others hoping to engage in criminal acts,” Lalong said.
Responding, Justice Mann promised to serve with integrity, honesty and justice as well as do his best to ensure that the rule of law was adhered to at all times.