We will do our best to minimize 'mob justice' – Justice Sophia Akuffo

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Chief Justice nominee, Sophia Akuffo has promised to do her best to deliver efficient justice to minimize incidents of people punishing suspects in their own ways.

Answering questions by members of Parliament’s Appointment Committee Friday, she said: "as justice delayed is justice denied, justice hurried is justice buried" maintaining that the right processes must be adhered to, in ensuring the delivery of quality justice.

There is an upsurge of instant injustice meted out to persons alleged to be criminals. The perpetrators take the law into their own hands and enact violent justice on suspects.

A most recent one that attracted the attention of Ghanaians was the lynching of a senior military officer, Major Maxwell Adam Mahama, who was on national assignment in the Central Region.

The officer was clobbered and stoned on May 29 by residents of Denkyira-Obuasi in the Region while on his routine jogging, the police have said.

The Interior Minister has said government is engaging with some security experts to address cases of mob injustice across the country.

Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery

Ambrose Dery said the hankering of Ghanaians for mob attacks is an innate tendency that will require a thorough study to have it solved.

“Mob action has existed in Ghana right from my childhood…it is in our psyche so we are engaging prominent security activists to see what we can do about the situation,” he said.

He added that government is holding an open dialogue with the relevant authorities on the matter.

Speaking about how the judiciary can contribute to minimizing the occurrence, Justice Sophia Akufo said although the phenomenon “has nothing to do with the judiciary, effective justice delivery can help to deal with it.”

She explained that a lot of the time, aggrieved parties see those who have wronged them walking free without understanding the processes so they resort to seeking self-help to get justice.

“Mob justice is people beating people, but land guard which is a form of self-help is rampant because there is a failure in the case management,” she said.  

Justice Akuffo said the judiciary would work hard to strike the balance between delayed and hurried justice.