OGUN GETS FIRST CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL PRESIDENT

Ogun Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has made history, as he  inaugurated Justice Mobolaji Ojo,  as the first Customary Court of Appeal president.
He, however, urge judges to be fair, firm and courageous to ensure equitable dispensation and efficient administration of justice in the state.
During the inauguration of Ojo and five other judges , which took place at the Oba’s Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital, Abiodun vowed that his administration will always respect judicial pronouncements as a cardinal principle of good governance.
He said the decision of his administration to appoint a president and other members for the Customary Court of Appeal was a practical representation of his administration’s deliberate plan to bring the system and administration of justice closer to the people.
Abiodun, said the appointment of the president and other members of the court brings into full the practical establishment of the state Customary Court of Appeal,
The governor, who disclosed that the court will adjudicate on appeals arising from the customary court, added that  as it  will also deal with issues bordering on values, customs, beliefs and traditions.
“Let me assure you that our administration will continue to ensure equitable dispensation and efficient administration in Ogun State. Today’s appointment of Customary Court of Appeal president and other members brings into full the practical establishment of the Customary Court of Appeal since the creation of our state in 1976.
“This special court is a practical representation of our administration’s deliberate plan and part of our commitment to bring the system and the administration of justice closer to our people, especially, at the grassroots. The court will adjudicate on appeals arising from the Customary Court,” he said.
Abiodun said it was the belief of his administration that the background of the appointees and the proud record of the state in the dispensation of justice would be an addition to an already distinguished higher bench.
He added  that it was expected that the appointed judges are faithful to the oaths of office and dispense justice without fear or favour.
In his response, Ojo thanked the governor for the opportunity giving to him and other judges to serve in various capacities, saying the charge from the governor would help them to deliver justice without fear or favour.
The appointed judges include Femi Segun, Kolawole Peters, Araba Olusesan as Customary Court judges, while Yetunde Oresany and Funmilayo Stanley were sworn in as High Court judges.

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