Ogun State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu has charged the newly sworn-in President and members of the Customary Court of Appeal and High Court Judges in the State to strictly adhere to the administration of justice.
Justice Dipeolu made this call at the formal introduction ceremony of the Judges to the judiciary, members of the Bar and the general public, held at the Judiciary Complex, Kobape Road, Abeokuta.
She said their appointment was in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, noting that the appointment of the President and Honourable Judges of the Customary Court of Appeal was significant, as they are the first to be sworn into the newly established Customary Court of Appeal, since the creation of the State on February 3, 1976.
“Your appointments have become a pacesetter, as it now forms part of the pacesetting history of the state, and Nigeria in general. I count it a rare privilege and grace to be a part of this historic event, and I am confident that you all feel the same way too”, Justice Dipeolu said.
She added that the new appointees were assuming office at a time when there were high expectations from the public, especially for a truly independent judiciary, noting that it would fulfil its role as the last hope of the common man in the country.
In his remark, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Akingbolahan Adeniran said the administration of Prince Dapo Abiodun would ensure proper administration of justice in the State.
He said the Customary Court of Appeal was inaugurated and constituted after nine years of its establishment in the State, noting that deepen of efficacy of the administration of justice would be their watchword through the newly constituted Customary Court of Appeal President and its members.
“In a bid to make the state’s judiciary, first among its peers in the country, the present administration will ensure it is accorded a rightful place in the administration of justice and will ensure that courts and judges are adequately equipped for the enormous tasks ahead”, Adeniran said.
Representing the body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Mr. Afolabi Fashanu (SAN), noted that all the jurists being sworn-in deserved an elevation, as they have worked assiduously and contributed immensely to the administration of justice in the State, enjoining them to avoid judicial temperament, corrupt practices, and be impartial in order not to cause damage to administration of justice in the state and Nigeria at large.
Opeyemi Oladele & Ademola Orunbon,
Press Officers, Ministry of Justice