The immediate past Chief Judge of Lags State, Rtd. Justice Opeyemi Oke and his successor, Justice Kazeem Alogba were both conferred with fellows of the Institute of Criminology and Penology, Nigeria (ICPN)
The Executive President of ICPN, Solomon George Osagwena, commended Rtd. Justice Oke, for the use of restorative justice in the settlement of the dispute in the state during the investiture which took place in Lagos.
The ICPN head disclosed that the institute is poised to make Nigeria crime-free, adding that aside identifying and honoring professionals in any field that is impacting the society for good, the institute is also working alongside legal professionals, criminologists and other related professionals to educate the people on crime and crime prevention.
He noted that the two justices have done remarkably well at making Lagos State set the pace in restorative justice.
Commending his predecessor, Justice Alogba called for the legal system to be properly explained to the people at the grassroots, adding that the grassroots constitute the greater number of people in the country and is equipped with the desired knowledge would enable them to settle their various disputes amicably.
Justice Oke, who also unveiled her theatre production ensemble, HOOP Productions, gave a performance of restorative justice, noting that this form of legal adjudication enables parties involved in disputes to settle their matters between or among themselves without necessary going to court.
According to the former Lagos State Chief Judge, restorative justice is one of the Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR) introduced by the Lagos State government to decongest prisons and bring harmonious settlement among parties, especially as the parties concerned determine the way the case should go.
She said: “With this form of adjudication, offenders need not go to court or prisons. It is one of the legal systems introduced in the state to decongest the prisons, reduce pressure in the court, bring amicable settlement among parties and create a better and friendly society.”