Lagos CJ swears in 3 Magistrates, 50 Customary Court Presidents and Members

Lagos CJ flanked by the newly appointed Magistrates and some of the Customary Court Presidents

Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Opeyemi Oke yesterday swore in three new Magistrates in Lagos as part of the effort of the Lagos State Judiciary to enhance effective justice delivery.

The magistrates, Ogunjobi Olufunke Abosede, Anjorin-Ajose Tanimola Abdul-Waheed and Akingbesote Oluwatosin where admonished to dispense justice without fear or favour.

Also sworn in yesterday were members of the Customary Court in the state. The 50 Customary Court members which comprises of 16 Presidents and 34 members brings the number of Customary Presidents and Members in Lagos to 195.

The Chief Judge in her speech at the ceremony congratulated the new appointees and enjoined them to serve in their new roles with the highest level of integrity.

Oke said: “Customary Courts form the formal justice system closest to the grassroots and are available to over 70% of the people of the State, especially people who reside in the lower tier administrative units.

“Following from a thorough screening conducted by the Judicial Service Commission, you emerged as the best candidates.

“This was based on your track record, integrity, ability and qualifications, and were therefore appointed without any undue meddling whether externally or otherwise.

“It is therefore my earnest expectation that you will discharge your duties optimally and with the highest sense of duty owed to the good people of Lagos State.”

In her remarks, Margaret Adewale, one of the newly appointed Customary Court Presidents, thanked the Chief Judge for the judicial reforms which made their appointment possible.

Adewale said: “Thank you for giving us the privilege to serve Lagos State Government though most of us here are retired but not tired.

“I assure you that we will perform our duties with diligence. I also want to commend the Chief Judge for her reform particularly the one that brought us here.”

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