Be incorruptible and courageous: Fashola tells judges

By Precious Igbonwelundu
Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola has urged the newly appointed judges in the state’s judiciary to be incorruptible and courageous in the discharge of their duties.
He made the call at the swearing-in ceremony of four new judges in the state held at Alausa secretariat.
The judges are Justices Iyabo Akinkugbe, Serifat Sonaike, Abisoye Bashua Abdulfattah Lawal who were recently confirmed by the National Judicial Council out of a list of seven.
While exonerating ‎Lagos judges of corruption, Fashola said ”issues of corruption in the Lagos judiciary are no longer there. There is no corrupt judge in Lagos judiciary.”
‎The governor who said the state was in need of more judges to carter for its 20 million population, urged the judicial officers to improve their knowlegde of the law.
Comparing Lagos population to the state of New York’s 19 million, Fashola noted that while New York has 3,000 judges, Lagos has only 54.
According to the governor, the constitution does not empower the NJC to determine the number of judges in a state, adding that Lagos State is financially capable of taking care of any number of judges it desires.
‎For the sworn-in judges, Fashola said: “We expect superhuman conduct from you judges. You must be above suspicion and should not be biased. Judges should be incorruptible and courageous,” he said.
The governor further said new High Court buildings have been completed in Epe and Badagry divisions so as to ease the stress of coming to Ikeja for court matters.
Also speaking, the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaye, expressed optimism that the new judges will contribute to the growth of the judiciary.
“I am optimistic of their contributions to the judiciary in Lagos. You must be diligent in your duty and abide by code of conduct . Let the fear of God be your watchword,” he said.


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