…AS COURT OPENS DIVISION IN BENIN
The President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Babatunde Adejumo, has lauded the commitment of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led Administration towards ensuring that the judicial arm of government is given the necessary support to function effectively.
Justice Adejumo gave the commendation in Benin City, during the commissioning of the Benin Division of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, constructed by the Edo State Government.
According to him, the establishment and commissioning of the Industrial Court in Edo State would promote industrial harmony in the State and provide succour for lawyers who used to travel to Akure to attend to cases from Edo State.
Justice Adejumo noted that the court would also encourage social development of the State through the promotion of peace and progress in the State, and in the Country at large.
“The facility is great and the building is good. This is the product of cooperation and I thank the Governor for this,” he said.
The Industrial Court President explained that the Court was established in 1976 and his coming on board 16 years ago led to its spread in Nigeria as Edo State is the 28th state where the court has been established.
In his response, Governor Obaseki said, “This is the first in the series where we will be handing over properties to the Judiciary as we have several of them undergoing construction in the State.”
The Governor thanked the President of the National Industrial Court for honouring the State with his presence at the commissioning ceremony, stating that his Administration had already provided accommodation for Hon. Justice Adeola Adewemimo, who would be the first resident Judge of the National Industrial Court in Benin City.
He said, “We are investing in our Judiciary as we have started the first in the series of accommodation for Judges in the State and we will not discriminate as we will ensure a comfortable accommodation for them. Our plan next year is to develop an estate for Judges in the GRA area of Edo State.
“This is just a temporary Court as the Court will be relocated to a permanent site within the next three years. We have secured the property and we have actually completed a design for the permanent structure.”
He further said, “As a government, we want to ensure we have the full complement of the Judiciary in the State and we are doing everything to provide what is required to make the Judiciary function effectively and efficiently in Edo State.
“We are going to be emphasising and strengthening our Magistracy, investing in our High Court and are pleased that we have successfully been able to attract the Industrial Court to Edo State as we work to relocate the Court of Appeal to a more auspicious premises and hope if possible to have a Supreme Court in Edo State.”
According to Governor Obaseki, the aspiration of his Administration is to be the industrial hub of Nigeria as the State is working hard to ensure that before the end of the year, the State Government will commence the construction of 1,000 hectares of Industrial Park in the State, and it will become the bastion for attracting companies and organisations to the State.
In her remarks, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, said the construction of the Court in Edo State had provided one instance of the positive attitude of Governor Obaseki towards all matters pertaining to the administration of justice and the rule of law in the State.
Also speaking, the Chief Judge of Edo State, Justice Esohe lkponmwen, who expressed delight at the achievement, said it was a great development for the State.
She thanked the Governor for the achievement and expressed confidence that the Court will contribute to industrial harmony in the State.
The Chairman of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Edo State branch, Prince (Barr.) Collins Benson Ogiegbaen, expressed the gratitude of the Bar of Edo and Delta states to the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, for realising the dreams of most lawyers in both states, who were exposed to kidnapping and hardship on the Akure Road, as it was one of the most dangerous roads in Nigeria, saying. “The entire Bar in Edo and Delta states are grateful to the exemplary leadership style of the Governor of Edo State.”
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
EDO CHIEF JUDGE COMMENDS EDO EXECUTIVE FOR ASSERTIVE OUTLOOK ON DEMOCRACY
Edo State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Esohe Ikponmwen, has commended the Executive Arm of Edo State Government, saying that the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has an assertive outlook on democracy.
Hon, Justice Esohe Ikponmwen, who gave this commendation while speaking as chairman on the occasion of the 2019 Law Week of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Benin City, thanked Mr. Obaseki for his developmental strides and people-oriented policies which formed the evidence of the growth of democracy in the State.
The Chief Judge, however, pleaded with all well-meaning individuals and practitioners of law not to tear down the constitution, but to allow the Judiciary to strive independently in all its dealings.
She further stressed that there were lots of judicial pronouncements on democracy and the law, stating that the law has a big role to play in advancing the democratic outlook in Nigeria.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Benin Branch, Prince Collins Ogiegbaen, said the theme of the 2019 Law Week which was “Advancing the Nigerian Democratic Outlook: the Role of Law,” was thoughtfully selected as it touched on the delicate act of balancing on an ordinary scale while it was also set to expose the deadly and negative use of power under a democratic outlook.
Delivering the keynote address on “Advancing the Nigerian Democratic Outlook: The Role of Law,” Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa Esq. posited that unless the rights and freedom of citizens were guaranteed, the ruler would most probably run amock and clamp down on all forms of opposition to his programmes and policies, thus compromising or jeopardizing democracy, explaining that there would be no democracy without law.
Nwine, Nepen Maureen
Information Officer, Edo State Judiciary
EDO STATE CHIEF JUDGE BAGS LIFE TIME ACHIEVERS AWARD
The Chief Judge, Edo State High Court, Hon. Justice Esohe Frances Ikponmwen, has been conferred with a Life Time Achievers Award by the Nigerian Bar Association, Benin Branch.
Receiving the award which was conferred on her during the 2019 Nigerian Bar Association’s Law Week, Chief Judge Esohe Ikponmwen said she was grateful for the honour bestowed on her,and charged members of the Association to uphold the rule of law and the honour that comes from defending the cause of justice, praying God to take the judiciary to greater heights.
Acknowledging the Chief Judge during the Conferment of the Award, the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Benin Branch, Prince Collins Ogiegbaen, said the Award was in recognition of Justice Ikponmwen’s immense contribution to the uplift and betterment of the Edo State Judiciary.
According to Prince Collins Ogiegbaen, Justice Esohe Ikponmwen, who is known to be fair and strict in the dispensation of justice, has brought uniqueness to the State Judiciary, explaining that the Jurist’s tenure as Chief Judge has been harmonious, impactful and staff welfare-oriented.
He urged the Chief Judge to continue with her developmental strides as God would continue to strengthen her to do more.
Other recipients of the NBA, Benin, Life Time Award, are Hon. Justice Isaac Aluyi (Rtd), Hon. J. O. Olubor (Rtd) and Prof. Osayuki Godwin Oshodin (JP), while the NBA Benin Merit Award was conferred on Hon. Justice Esther Edigin and Hon. Justice Itsebaga Acha, Judges of Edo State High Court.
Nwine Nekpen Maureen
Information Officer, Edo State Judiciary.
A Valedictory Court Session has being held in honour of the Hon. Mrs. Justice Ada Nnoyelum Ehigiamusoe on occasion of her retirement from public service as a high court Judge in Edo State Judiciary.
In her speech, the Hon. Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Esohe Frances Ikponmwen, stated that it is with immense Joy she is presiding over the valedictory court session in honour of Hon. Justice A. N. Ehigiamusoe, stating that the retiring Judge has been an inspiration to many people, describing her as warm, loving to all and undeniably humble.
The Hon. Chief Judge also stated that Hon. Justice A. N. Ehigiamusoe contributions over the years to the progressive development of Edo state Judiciary could not be over emphasized as she has spent the better part of her life working in the Edo state Judiciary.
She thanked the retiring Judge for her unflinching support over the years and prayed that her post retirement life wiould be filled with greater memories and testimonies to the glory of God.
Congratulating Hon. Justice A. N. Ehigiamusoe, the state Attorney General and commissioner for Justice, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe who was represented by wole Iyamu SAN, the solicitor General, Edo state Ministry of Justice remarked that the Occasion is the logical culmination of a distinguished and Satisfying Judicial career Devoted to Justice dispensation. described Justice A. N. Ehigiamusoe as one such Jurist who was gentle, yet firm and marked himself distinctly.
According to him, Hon. Justice A. N. Ehigiamusoe career is an inspiration and her example is eternal as her carriage in the discharge of justice was faultless.
In her response, the retiring Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe thanked God for the opportunity of the valedictory service.
She appreciated the people of Edo state who gave her an identity,
haven come into the states Judiciary on appointment as Magistrate II, rose steadily and smoothly through the ranks to become the second in command in the hierarchy of Judges in Edo state Judiciary and being privileged to have served in the three Senatorial Districts in the State.
Justice Ehigiamusoe further thanked the state’s Chief Judge for the good working relationship that existed between them and also her family for the solid support they had accorded her.
Among the dignitaries at the session were the executive Governor of Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, represented by the Secretary of the state Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq; the Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shuaibu, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Taiwo Akerele, Judges across the state as well as visiting and retired Judges.
Nwine, Nekpan Maureen.
Edo State Judiciary.
The Edo State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Esohe Ikponmwen, has sworn in two barristers as Notaries Public for Nigeria.
Performing the ceremony in Benin City, Hon. Justice Ikponmwen congratulated the two gentlemen on their well-deserved appointment, reiterating that they had been found fit both in character and in learning, hence their recommendation to the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, the Hon. Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammed, for their appointment.
The Hon. Chief Judge, who urged them to see their appointment as a call to render selfless service to Edo State and Nigeria, maintained that the Notaries Public Act Cap 141 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, Section 2(1) provides that, “The Chief Justice of Nigeria may appoint any fit and proper person being a legal practitioner to be a Notary Public for Nigeria. A notary appointed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria shall perform the same duties and exercise, the same functions as a Notary in England.”
She further stated that having subscribed to the relevant Oath before her as required by Section 3 of the Notaries Public Act, both Notaries, Kingsley Osabuohien Agie, Esq., and Emmanuel Tairu Ojeikhoa, Esq., were now empowered to discharge the duties of Notaries as prescribed by Section 18 of the Notaries Public Act.
In his response, Kingsley Agie, Esq., appreciated the efforts of the Hon. Chief Judge of the Edo State Judiciary, pledging that they would not do anything to negate the oath they had taken.
He also pledged to do everything within his power not to disappoint the Hon. Chief Judge and the Bar.
Nwine Nekpen Maureen
Information Officer, Edo State Judiciary
In a bid to prepare its members of staff for a good life after retirement, Edo State Judiciary has organized a one-day seminar for its retiring members of staff.
Declaring the seminar open in Benin City, the Edo State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Esohe Ikponmwen, said it was a unique opportunity for members of staff to have options of what to plan for, while preparing for retirement, explaining that one must be prepared for everything to be done in life.
The Chief Judge tasked the participants to make good use of the opportunity to make adequate preparation, psychologically and otherwise in order to glide seamlessly into retirement, saying it was possible for one to live a better life even after retirement.
She further thanked the resource persons for being available for the seminar, while expressing her confidence in their ability to equip the participants with the much desired tips ad information required to make good preparation for their retirement.
The resources persons at the seminar included Mr. Ehimare Freedom, Director of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture; Mr. Peter Aikhuomobhogbe of Edo ADP; Mr. Godfrey Asiriuwa, Programme Manager, Edo ADP and Prof. J. O. Osamwonyi of the Department of Finance, University of Benin.
Some of the lectures delivered at the seminar were “Fish Farming”, “Sustainable Ventures in Agricultural Development (Plantain Production, Piggery and Fertilizer Application)”, “Snailery and Cane Rabbit” as well as “Importance of Saving”.
Nwine Nekpen Maureen
Information Officer, Edo State Judiciary
Please note that the UNVEILING OF THE NEW EDITION OF THE EDO STATE HIGH COURT JUDICIARY NEWSREEL MAGAZINE; NEW HIGH COURT CIVIL PROCEDURE RULES 2018, MAGISTRATES COURT RULES & CUSTOMARY COURT RULES FOLLOWED BY INSPECTION OF RENOVATION & CONSTRUCTION SITES Slated between 10:00 am – 10:30 am, 11-10-2018, of the 2018/2019 Legal Year Ceremonies have been rescheduled for 12:00pm – 12:30pm, 11-10-2018
The Chief Judge of Edo State inaugurates a committee to monitor the activities of lower courts in Edo State. The Chief Judge, during the inauguration told the committee, that it was consituted in line with the directive by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. W. N. S. Onnoghen that each state of the Federation should have a committee to monitor the activities of the lower bench.
The committee is expected to monitor officers of the lower courts like irregular attendance of work, leaving the office at will, racketeering or soliciting for gratification before performing official duties, delay in performance of official duties etc.
The committee is made up of;
Responding, the Chairman of the Committee, Sir S. O. Odigie, Esq., thanked the Chief Judge for the opportunity given to them to serve, and promised that the committee will take the assignment very serious to do this self-cleansing exercise.
The committee is expected to swing into action immediately.