Savelugu residents outraged by closure of court

CHIEF  JUSTICE MRS. GEORGINA WOOD

CHIEF JUSTICE MRS. GEORGINA WOOD

Residents of Savelugu in the Northern Region are outraged by the decision of the Judicial Service to close down a court there.

They expressed worry that they had to travel some 23 kilometres to Tamale to access the services of a court, which is often crowded.

They said Judicial Service closed the court in Savelugu because it did not have enough cases to deal with, hence its decision transfer cases there to Tamale.

The Savelugu court has become a white elephant and the compound has now been taken over by food vendors, mechanics, washing bay operators as well as credit card vendors.

Some residents of the area expressed their frustration, saying “the absence of the court means we have to go to Tamale and have our cases heard.”

They said accessing the court in Tamale had its own challenges because the place was “already crowded in terms of people.”

The police in Savelugu said their work had become more challenging due to the closure of the court.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Peter Kojo Tawiah said, “Almost all the time prosecutors have to travel from Savelugu to Tamale.”

He stressed that “If we have the court restored, it will help us because we are in the town,” he stated.

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