Edo State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Esohe Ikponmwen, has commissioned two Customary Courts as constituency projects of Rt. Hon Justin Okkonoboh at Ekpon and Igueben towns in Igueben Local Government Area of Edo State.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, at Igueben, Hon. Justice Ikponmwen stated that the essence of the court was not to unnecessarily persecute people but to enable peaceful co-existence of people as there would be anarchy and oppression without Courts.
She maintained that the Judiciary remained a very important Arm of Government because it delivers justice to the people and it is expected that there should be meaningful and good Court House everywhere in the State.
The Chief Judge commended Rt. Hon. Okonoboh for choosing the judiciary as his focus for his constituency projects, saying it was a proof of his understanding of his role as a legislature adding that laws made must have proper room for interpretation.
Presenting the Court houses for commissioning, the former Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly and Initiator of the projects, Rt. Hon. Okonoboh, said he was only delivering on his electioneering promises as expected of him by his people who elected him to represent them in the State House of Assembly.
He further said that he was motivated to opt for the construction of Customary Courts as his constituency project when he became aware that there was an approval for Ekpon and Igueben to own Customary Courts.
In his goodwill message the Chairman of lgueben Local Government Area, Dr. Josie Ogedegbe, opined that there should be no fear about having Courts anywhere as it remained part of developmental strides, explaining that there must be an avenue for dress for whoever would feel oppressed.
The Council Chairman however promised to furnish the constructed Court houses in record time for prompt use.
Nwine, Nekpen Maureen
Information Officer, Edo State Judiciary