The governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode has said that he has delivered on his promise to transform the state judiciary before leaving office.
Ambode stated this today at the special service for the opening of the Lagos State Judiciary 2018/2019 Legal Year, held at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina Lagos.
Speaking at the occasion, Ambode said: “As we begin another judicial year, I assure you of my continued support and partnership. Our administration recognises the separate but interwoven roles of the three arms of government. And part of our own commitment to a lawful and orderly society is to respect the limit of those constitutionally defined
limits. This, we have always done.
“One of the cardinal policies of our government has always been the enthronement of law and order. Today, I stand a happy man knowing we delivered on those promises. The increased workload and the number of cases in our courts necessitated the appointment of more judges and magistrates.”
In her address, Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Opeyemi Oke disclosed that a total number of twenty three thousand, nine hundred (23,900) cases were disposed by the Lagos state judiciary between October 2017 to September 2018.
According to the CJ, “the Backlog Elimination Programme aimed at getting rid of old cases was part of the means devised by the state judiciary to conquer the challenge of backlog of cases.
Reeling out the achievements of her administration, Oke stated that creation of two new divisions of the High Court, Economic/Finiancial crime division and sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Division is one of the major things put in place to move the judiciary forward.
“To ensure that our prison is adequately decongested, we embarked on series of prison visits at the various prison a in Lagos state.
“The digitalization of the private Registries in the state of Lagos judiciary as well as
facilitation of the amendment of the High Court and this has increased the number of judges for Lagos State to 120.
Known for her zero-tolerance for corruption,Justice Oke also took disciplinary actions against erring staff of the judiciary who were found guilty of corruption
The Bishop of the Lagos, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Dr. Humphrey Bamisebi Olumakaiye in a short sermon titled “The Unchanging God In A Changing
Times” admonishes the judiciary to follow the path of
truth, justice and righteousness.
Olumakaiye further charged the Lagos state judges as well as other judiciary staff not to depart from the path of integrity and discipline.
Representing the Governor at the service held at the Lagos Central Mosque, Nnamdi Azikwe Street, Lagos, the deputy governor, Dr.Idiat Adebule emphasised
that Lagos Judiciary must continue to be in the forefront of judicial reforms to meet the expectation of the modern day justice sector.