Monthly Archive:November 2019

Edo Monarch honours The Chief Judge

Om  n’oba n’edo,  Uku  Akpolokpolo, Oba  Ewuare  II, the  Oba of  Benin has honoured the  Chie f Judge of  Edo State, Hon Just ice Esohe Ikpownmen with  two different  sets of royal  beads as a sign of acknowledgement and honour.

The Oba of Benin who  thanked his  ancestors  for fore sight and the wisdom bestowed  on   him,   said the honour bestowed on  the Chief  Judge  was   not preplanned, rather, an  inspiration  from  his  forebears  hence,  after   the  first set, further beads were  gifted to ·the Chief Judge.

The  Bini  Monarch  while saying  that   thanksgiving is  supreme, prayed for more  wisdom and  for  G od to not  abandon the  Palace and  the  binis.  Suing  for harmony  among all judicial workers, the Oba prayed for a  peaceful tenure for the in-coming Chief Judge.

In  appreciation, the  Chief Judge Edo State, Hon.  Justice Esohe lkponmwen said  she had come  to pay  homage to his Royal Majesty for his fatherly love and blessings, she  expressed her sense of gratitude stating that she is not sure of how she was deserving of such an honour.

The Chief Judge however  prayed for God to continually honour the Oba and for more fruitfulness in Benin Kingdom.


Nwine, Nekpen Maureen

Information Officer

Edo State Judiciary

Edo South’s Judicial Officers Host Retiring Chief Judge

As parts  of activities leading to  the  smooth disengagement of the  retiring Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Esohe lkponmwen, the judicial  workers in Edo south  has hosted  the  Chief Judge in a grand  reception organized  in her honour.

Responding  to  the  cheerful members of staff,  Hon Justice  lkponmwen expressed her heartfelt joy and Gratitude to God for  loving and blessing  her so much  as she never believed when  she commenced her career that  she would one day head the state’s Judiciary.

The Chief Judge  expressed appreciation to  all the  members of  staff  for  the  love that  exists and binds  them. She however apologized to all she may have offended in the course of carrying out  her duties.

Hon Justice  lkponmwen used  the  opportunity to  present her  successor, the  in­ coming   Chief  Judge,  Hon  Justice  Esther  Edigin,  whom  she  described  as  very respectful, humble  and  loyal,  charging all  members of  staff   to  accord  the  in­ coming  Chief Judge with greater diligence and loyalty  than  they  accorded her.

Earlier the number two Judge and in-coming Chief Judge, Hon Justice Esther Edigin had extolled  the  retiring Chief Judge as a very  competent and  diligent Judge whose motherly nature  would  be greatly  missed.  She described her as a role model to many and assured her that the legacies she had laid out would be improved upon.

Highlights  of the  occasion  was the presentation  of gifts  by various  members  of staff to the retiring Chief Judge.


Nwine, Nekpen Maureen

Information Officer

Edo State Judiciary

Edo Chief Judge Commissions Oredo Magistrate Court

Edo State  Chief  Judge  Hon  Justice  Esohe lkponmwen has  called  on  all judicial  officers   tasked  with   justice  delivery   to  ensure  that   justice  is  indeed delivered speedily without fear or favour.

The  Chief  Judge  who   was  speaking  during   the   commissioning  of  a  newly constructed   Magistrate  Court  at  Oredo  Local Government  Council,  also  said justice would make the citizens trust and obey the law.

Hon Justice lkponmwen while  commending the  chairman  of the  council  for  his patriotism and responsibility by his quick execution  of the State Governor’s  orders for Grass root  Courts in every Local Government  area to aid quick dispensation of justice, she however cautioned  that the Magistrate court must not become a tool for the perpetration of injustice  and oppression.

In his address, the  Executive  Chairman  Oredo  Loca l Government Council Hon. Jenkins Osunde expressed his convictions  on the improvement of  the  Council’s Internally  Generated  Revenue  (IGR) as well  as the  Councils  ability  to prosecute defaulters in the newly commissioned Magistrate Court.

Hon Osunde further intimated that the grass root government shall do everything possible to promote government policies aimed at establishing financial harmony between  the  state  and local government.  He however, solicited the  support  of  the judiciary for the execution  of the policies.


Nwine, Nekpen Maureen

Information Officer,

Edo State Judicary


The Hon. Justice Esther Amenaghawon Edigin was born on the 17th day of
May, 1956 to the family of Mr. Emmanuel Egiebor Eribo who hails from
Idunogba in Ugoniyekorhionmwon in Orhionmwon Local Government Area
and settled in Ogbe quarters in Benin City. He finally settled in Egor Local
Government Area where he set up Eribo Industrial Estate at No. 100 Edo
Textile Mill Road, Benin City. He was married to Mrs. Omosede Eribo (nee
Odobo) whose ancestors came from Obadan in Uhunwonde Local
Government Area and migrated to set up a settlement camp now known as
Ekodobo near NIFOR in Ovia North East Local Government Area. His
Lordship is the 4th Child and the 3rd daughter of this union.
In the year 1961 His Lordship was enrolled into St. Mathias Primary School,
Okesuna, Lagos State and after two years moved to Adrao International
School, Victoria Island, Lagos State. From 1967 – 1968, His Lordship was in
Corona School, Victoria Island, Lagos where she obtained the Primary
School Leaving Certificate in 1968. His Lordship was admitted into the
prestigious Federal Government College, Warri for her Secondary School
Education between 1969 and 1973. She later proceeded to Idia College,
Benin City for Higher School from 1973-1975.
Having excelled in her education especially in Secondary School, she was
admitted to study Law at the University of Lagos in 1975. His Lordship was
called to the Nigerian Bar on the 17th day of July, 1979 after which she
proceeded for the mandatory National Youth Service Corps in Lagos State
and was posted to serve at the Public Complaints Commission at Norman
Williams Street, Ikoyi, Lagos State.
As a legal practitioner, His Lordship practiced with F. O. Akinrele & Co.
(SAN) in Lagos State. From 1980 to 1981 she also practiced briefly at Buba
Aliyu & Co. in Kano State before she was appointed Magistrate Grade I in
Kano State Judiciary and rose to Chief Magistrate Grade II in 1988, on
In September 1989, His Lordship joined the Bendel State Judiciary as Chief
Magistrate Grade II under the leadership of Hon. Justice J. A. P. Oki as Chief
Judge. She was later promoted to Chief Magistrate Grade I in 1993. In 1998,
His Lordship was nominated to serve the nation as a member of the
Election Petition Tribunal for National Assembly and State Legislative
House, Enugu State.
In 1999, His Lordship also served as a member of the Election petition
Tribunal for Governorship Election, Bayelsa State. Having displayed some
exceptional qualities his Lordship was appointed Deputy Chief Registrar
(Administration) in 1999 and after a very careful selection she was
appointed as the Chief Registrar of the High Court in the same year (1999).
It pleased God to add another feather to His Lordship’s cap when in 2001
she was appointed to the High Court Bench as a Judge where she served in
various Judicial Divisions in Edo State.
His Lordship is a strong advocate of effective justice delivery, through
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). She is a Fellow of the Institute of
Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC). She is also a Fellow of the
Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators (NICArb). His Lordship has
travelled several parts of the world and taken part in both local and
international conferences.
His Lordship served two terms as a member of the Governing Council of
the Baptist School of Theology. She got married to Mr. Martin Sunday
Edigin in 1977 and they are blessed with Children and grandchildren.
The vision of his Lordship is to establish in its best practice, effective and
efficient justice delivery system in Edo State. His Lordship is passionate
about the promotion of Alternative Dispute Resolution and the welfare of
Magistrates who are seen as unsung heroes.
His Lordship is committed to working out and the enhancement of physical
and mental wellness.