Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has charged the State Judiciary to continue to carry out their duty diligently as expected of them.
The governor made this appeal during the the special service for the opening of the Lagos State Judiciary 2018/2019 Legal Year, held at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina Lagos.
In a short speech, 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 Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Opeyemi Oke yesterday disclosed that the statistics of cases disposed of by the Lagos state judiciary between October 2017 to September 2018 is a total number of twenty three thousand, nine hundred (23,900).
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 conquered to he challenge of backlog 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.
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 allegations.
“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 Stat e to 120.
“The increased workload and the number of cases in our courts necessated the appointment of more judges and magistrates.” She said.
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.