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Support Anti-Graft War, Amosun Begs Judges, Lawyers

Posted: Oct 1, 2015 at 12:45 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

By Tunde Opeseitan

Lagos

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has urged judges and lawyers in the country to support the executive at all levels in ensuring the success of the war against corruption.

Amosun, who spoke during special church and mosque services held to commemorate the commencement of new legal year of the state judiciary, said the executive alone cannot successfully pursue the war against graft without the active support and collaboration of the bar and bench.

The governor also assured judicial officers in the state of his administration’s determination to improve on their overall welfare in order to nip corruption in the bud.

The church service heralding the 2015/2016 legal year of Ogun State Judiciary was held at the Cathedral of St. Peters, Ake, while the mosque service took place at the Central Mosque, Kobiti in Abeokuta.

Amosun, while congratulating the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade, judges, retired judges and other judicial officers in the state for a job well done, said that the present administration would continue to improve on the overall well-being of officers even in the current economic situation in the state and country in general.

“A lot would be done to improve on the welfare of our judicial officers in the state. Government alone cannot fight corruption to a standstill. We need the active support of the Bar and Bench to nip the cankerworm in the bud”, he said.

Amosun charged the body to assist the new administration in the fight against corruption.

“There is no better time for you to rededicate yourself than now that the new administration at the Federal level is trying to kill what I call corruption; so we need the judicial staff – both the judges and the lawyers to assist in that process to have a new Nigeria”, the governor stated.

Speaking with journalist after the church service, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade advised judicial officers to be steadfast and polite in administering justice in the state and should ensure fairness and equity in the dispensation of justice at all times.

The CJ assured that the state judiciary would embark on renovation of all the courts, provide working tools for staffers and also focus on measures at decongesting the prisons such as community service.

Delivering the Sermon at the church, the Lord Bishop of Ijebu South West, Rt. Rev. (Dr.) Babatunde Ogunbanwo said that judicial officers should endeavour to administer justice with truthfulness, righteousness, the fear of the Lord and should possess the spirit of humility to all manner of men.

Speaking also at the mosque service, Professor Hafis Oladosu of the Department of Islamic Studies, University of Ibadan commended the state government for remolding the state to international standard. He, therefore, charged the governor to complete all on-going projects.

Comments (1)

  • Oct 1, 2015 at 11:01 am Alhajivinco

    Why do Nigerians use the word “beg” when they mean “appeal”? It may be a direct interpretation from our native languages into English. The Governor appealed to them not begged them.

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