How we fast-tracked Kalu’s, others’ trials, by Justice Bulkachuwa

Eric Ikhilae, Abuja


The President of the Court of Appeal (PCA), Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa has given hints on how the Judiciary was working to eradicate delay in criminal trials.

Bulkachuwa gave hints about how her court has been able to avert delay that would have clogged proceedings in criminal cases including the recently concluded trial of former Abia State Governor, Orji Kalu, who is currently a serving Senator.

“I was part and parcel of the making of the ACJA from inception. I have also witnessed its implementation.

“So, I was very much interested in what will come out of it. And, I had the chance to fully participate when applications were made by the EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission), Federal Ministry of Justice and other prosecuting bodies, that our Justices, who were appointed from the High Courts, and elevated to the Court of Appeal, be given fiats to go back to the various High Courts and conclude the case they have started.

“First, we had to…

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