Ogun state Justice Ministry has expressed concern over the rising number of cases it is handling pending in various courts in the country.
Justice Commissioner, Doctor Olumide Ayeni, said 345 cases being handled by the public prosecution department, are pending, including 29 at magistrate courts, 298 at the state high court, both in the state, as well as 20 at the court of appeal in Ibadan, and 20 at the Supreme Court.
The Commissioner spoke in Abeokuta, while receiving in his office, members of the Justice, Ethics and Public Petitions Committee of the State House of Assembly, who are assessing the performance of the 2016 budget of the ministry.
The Commissioner, represented by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mr Adesola Sobayo, blamed the increase in the pending cases on the courts and the prisons for not doing enough to fast-track the trial of the cases.
This year, the Commissioner said 300 cases on rape, stealing and armed robbery were disposed off by the ministry, including four at the Magistrate Courts, 37 at the State High Courts, 10 at the Appeal Court and two at Supreme Court, while 36 others were struck out in courts.