By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Monday inaugurated two newly-appointed judges of the state’s Customary Court of Appeal.
The governor also presented them with keys of their official vehicles. The new judges are Justice Ayoade Aderemi Adesina and Justice Ojo Olayinka Muibat.
Speaking during the inauguration ceremony held at the Multipurpose Hall of the Local Government Service Commission, State Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo, Oyetola reiterated the administration’s commitment to continuously raising the bar of judicial excellence as part of efforts to enhance smooth dispensation of justice and uplift the judicial system in the State.
He said the government was determined to support the visionary leadership of the Judiciary in the determined quest to uphold the tenets of fairness, integrity, incorruptibility and fearlessness in the dispensation of justice in the State.
He stated the appointment of the new Judges was necessary to strengthen the judicial system and ensure speedy dispensation of justice.
The governor, who described Customary Court of Appeal as the hope of citizens who have been denied justice or who are perceived to have been denied justice at the lower courts, said the appointments of the new judges would go a long way to complement the judicial efforts towards ensuring justice at all strata.
“The Customary Court of Appeal is the hope of citizens who have been denied justice or who are perceived to have been denied justice at the lower courts. It is also an avenue for keeping intact Customary and traditional issues. The ability to remediate these situations bestows a huge responsibility on the Judges of the Customary Court of Appeal. It also requires high integrity and an impeccable heart for the people and their customs and traditions.
“I charge your Lordships to follow in the tradition of excellence the Osun Judiciary is noted for. As the Appellate Customary Court, you must raise standards by giving justice to citizens denied the same at the lower courts. To achieve this, the Court must always apply the tenets of fairness, integrity, incorruptibility, and fearlessness in the dispensation of justice. Judges must always remember the sacred duty they owe to society and, as such, diligently serve as unbiased arbiters constantly committed to the triumph of truth and equity.
“It is when you do this that posterity will be kind to you for having used your professional calling to serve God and mankind in the development of a better society. I assure you of our Administration’s commitment to your welfare and the provision of requisite infrastructure to support your duties.
In his remark, Justice Ayoade Aderemi Adesina, who spoke on behalf of his colleague, pledged their commitment to sticking to their oaths of office and allegiance and reflect a high sense of professionalism in their assignments without fear or favour.