LAGOS – The Lagos State Government has assured the judiciary of its support and corporation towards the protection of the rights of citizens as well as to ensure the successful implementation of the reforms been initiated by the new Chief Judge, Justice Kazeem Alogba.
Governor Babjide Sanwo- Olu gave the assurance, saying such corporation had become imperative in order for the state judiciary to further consolidate its primus position in the country.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, stated this on Monday in his address at the special service to mark the 2019/2020 legal year of the Lagos State Judiciary.
He said: “The judicial sector plays a critical role in ensuring law and order through the protection of rights of all citizens irrespective of status and stature.
“We will, therefore, work with you and do our best to provide solutions to the challenges that may constitute obstacles to effective, efficient and impartial justice delivery in Lagos State.”
The governor assured judiciary of the provision of new courts to facilitate access to and quick delivery of Justice.
“I have approved the completion of the combined high and magistrate courts in Ajah. In a few months’ time, this multipurpose court would be completed and handed over to the Lagos State Judiciary.”
The Chief Judge, Justice Kazeem Alogba, thanked the governor for the support, stressing that the executive had been a pillar of support since his assumption of office.
The CJ, who claimed to have held meeting with the controller of prison in the state, promised that judiciary under his watch would not contribute to prison congestion.
He promised to pursue community sentence and restorative justice, admonishing the judges and magistrates not to drift away from the part of righteousness, stressing that they should deliver judgement with the fear of God.