‘We’re in the Same Boat,’ Ambode Tells Judiciary at Opening of 2017/2018 Legal Year


In her drive to create a truly independent and empowered judiciary capable surmounting current challenges and maximizing emerging opportunities, the Acting Chief Judge of Lagos State, Hon. Justice Opeyemi O. Oke has set herself a lofty set of objectives, among which are to stamp out all forms of official corruption in the judicial arm of government; to improve public access, transparency accountability in order to improve public confidence; and to position the Lagos State judiciary as a partner with relevant stakeholders in enhancing the quality of legal training.

According to NEWSWIRE’s Lagos Correspondent, Justice Oke spelt out these objectives, along with a stern warning against lawyers and judicial staffers who abuse the court process, at a church service to mark the opening of the 2017-2018 Legal Year. The well-attended event, which was graced by the Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, and presided over by the diocesan bishop of Lagos and dean emeritus of the Anglican Communion of Nigeria, the Most Rev. Dr. Adebola Ademowo, OON, featured the formal presentation of members of both the Bar and Bench, musical renditions by both solo and choral performers, as well as exhortations from the pulpit.

In his remarks at the occasion, Gov. Ambode, who described the Lagos State judiciary as the busiest and dynamic in Nigeria, praised its complementary role in ensuring the speedy and effective dispensation of justice and the good ordering of society, and assured of his government’s readiness to help it actualize its lofty mandate.

The event was followed by a parade and inspection of a guard of honour by the Acting Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Opeyemi Oke.

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