By; Niyi Ogungbola, Abeokuta.
The National Judicial Council (NJC) Abuja, has approved the appointment of three additional High Court Judges to fortify the administration of justice system in Ogun State.
The State Chief Judge, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade, disclosed this in Abeokuta at the formal presentation of the judges to the Bar, Bench and the public.
Justice Olopade said the Administration of Justice Committee in the State was working assiduously to fast track the prosecution of inmates awaiting trial by creating additional court in the Abeokuta Judicial Division to decongest the prison as well as to address criminal matters.
‘’Certainly the courts are very busy and more hands are needed particularly with regards to attending to the many criminal cases’’.she said
while unveiling the Judges to the bar and bench, Justice Olopade said the appointment of the High Court Judges followed the receipt of a consent letter dated 10th of November, 2015 from the State Governor to commence the appointment of 3 High Court Judges that had been earlier approved for the State in 2015 by the NJC.
She revealed that 47 eligible candidates expressed intent, after which six were shortlisted by the State Judicial Commission out of which three candidates emerged for the post.
Justice Olopade cautioned the judges against corrupt practices, adding that the State judicial commission would not hesitate to mete out appropriate sanctions to erring officials of the temple of justice.
She however reminded the new judges that in the course of discharging their duties, they may likely be confronted with undue influences and sometimes threat to their families, urging them to remain firm in upholding their oath of office and allegiance towards dispensing justice to all without fear or favour.
The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Olumide Ayeni while delivering his speech at the occasion said apart from series of legislative initiatives in the offing, the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led-administration was embarking on construction of a Division of the Court of Appeal at the proposed Judicial Complex in Abeokuta to enhance justice delivery in the State.
With this new development, a total of 28 High Court Judges would be expected to oversee the determination of over 3,364 active cases in the dockets of judges in the State.