Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday sworn-in 14 new judges of the State High Court to strengthen the judiciary, by increasing the current number to 70.
The governor told the new judges that all eyes would be on them to dispense justice speedily, fairly and impartially, while also living above board in all circumstances.
The new benchers consisting of nine females and five males are; Justices Olubusola Adeyemi Okunuga, Adenrera Olayinka Adeyemi, Olufolake Olufolasade Oshin, Oluwatoyin Atinuke Odusanya, Olumuyiwa Oluseun Martins, Ariyike Mutiat Ipaye-Nwachukwu and Babatunde Oladapo Kalaro.
Others are Omolade Jadesola Awope, Akinkunmi Olusegun Idowu, Olalekan Ayodeji Oresanya, Mujibat Iyabode Oshodi, Ismail Olalekan Ijelu, Mosunmola Muyibat Balogun and Mathias Oluwole Dawodu.
Sanwo-Olu said the judicial arm of government is an essential element for the proper and effective functioning of any democratic society, noting that without the honest interpretation and application of the laws of the land, society would be open to chaos.
He said his administration remains committed to supporting the judiciary to fully discharge its constitutional functions and responsibilities, adding that his government is greatly fortunate to be an inheritor of a great tradition of judicial reforms and excellence in Lagos State.
While urging the judges to be committed to their constitutional duties, Governor Sanwo-Olu said: “Judges who take their work seriously can do a lot to rebuild the confidence of citizens in the systems and institutions of our nation.
:A properly functioning judicial system will also go a long way in nurturing an environment that enables business and investment, and by extension, economic growth, and prosperity. When society prospers, there is less room for poverty to drive people to crime and criminality.”
The governor disclosed that his administration had commenced the full digitisation of courts to ensure speedy administration of justice and therefore charged the new judges to make every effort to acquaint themselves with the ongoing reforms being pursued at sub-national and federal levels; be enthusiastic about their use of new technologies and strive to always be forward-looking and innovative in their thinking.
Thehhovernor also commended the National Judicial Service Commission for adding to the list of 12 prospective judges earlier sent.
Speaking earlier, Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) said the appointment of the new judges was necessitated by the retirement of some judges in the course of the year.
In his remarks, the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Kazeem Alogba advised the new benchers whom he said were chosen based on merit to operate with the fear of God.
Justice Alogba also advised the families of the new judges to leave them to work and to continue to pray for them so that they would not falter.
Speaking on behalf of the new judges, Justice Olubusola Okunuga appreciated the state government for the confidence reposed in them and promised that they would make the state judiciary proud by discharging their duty without fear, favour or affection.