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Edo State gets a new Chief Judge

Hon. Justice Esther Amenaghawon Edigin has been sworn in as the  7th Substantive Chief Judge in Edo State

The new Chief Judge was sworn in by the State Governor Mr. Godwin Obaseki  following the retirement of the immediate past Chief Judge, Hon. Justice  Esohe Ikponmwen.

While performing the swearing in ceremony, the governor commended judicial officers in the state for remaining unsoiled despite operating at a time when the judiciary is facing an integrity crisis.

He was thankful that Edo has not recorded any incident of suspension or dismissal of a judge by the National Judicial Council on account of corruption and implored all judicial officers to maintain the record

The Governor however tasked the new Chief Judge who he termed as haven faithfully served as a Judge in the state, to  further ensure speedy dispensation of justice and to strengthen the state’s magistracy.

In her response, the new Chief Judge Hon. Justice Edigin, who promised to work with other judges in the state and other arms of government to ensure effective dispensation of justice, also said she will prioritise staff welfare, especially the magistracy and join the Governor in his fight against corruption in the state’s judiciary.

She further urged the executive arm of government on the implementation of financial independence for the judiciary in accordance with section 121 sub-section 3 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

 

Nwine, Nekpen Maureen

Information Officer

Edo State Judiciary

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

PROFILE OF MY LORD HON. JUSTICE ESTHER AMENAGHAWON EDIGIN

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
contract.
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.

EDO CHIEF JUDGE OPENS 2019/2020 LEGAL YEAR, HARPS ON INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUDICIARY

The Hon. Chief Judge of Edo State, Hon. Justice Esohe Frances Ikponmwen, FCJEI has reiterated that the Judiciary must at all time remain immune to undue influence just as the Judiciary Officers must uphold the oath of office sworn to in the discharge of their duties as the Judiciary is the arbiter of all disputes in the democratic system of Govt.

Hon. Justice Ikponmwen who was speaking during the opening of the 2019/2020 Legal year lauded Edo State Government under the Leadership of Governor Godwin Obaseki for the bold steps taken to ensure that Edo State Judiciary witnesses a rapid turnaround in terms of renovation of dilapidating structures. She however insisted that financial autonomy or independence is the way to go if the Judiciary is to thrive at a faster rate than it is now.

The Chief Judge further urged all Judicial officers to continue to do justice without fear or favour, affection or ill will.

In her address, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice Edo State said she was deeply honoured to be part of the noble commonwealth tradition marking the beginning of a new legal year which dates back to the middle ages.

Prof. Omorogbe mentioned that it is a Pivotal ceremony in Nigeria, which sets the tone for the justice sector in the coming year, and provides an opportunity for the Chief Judge to speak on issues that are of pressing importance.

The Hon. Attorney-General in retrospect said that the 2018/2019 Legal year has been characterized by learning, repositioning and change. Further intimating that learning has been continuous through the various trainings that state counsels attended all through the year..

It is of note that the ceremony for the opening of the legal year which is a judicial ritual, marks the official commencement of the Legal Year and affords members of the Bar, Bench and Stakeholders in the Justice Delivery sector and friends of the Judiciary the opportunity to review the outgone legal year with a view to identifying the successes, challenges, areas that need either a total change or overhaul.

 

                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                        Nwine, Nekpen Maureen

                                                                                                                       Information Officer, Edo State Judiciary

INDUSTRIAL COURT PRESIDENT LAUDS OBASEKI ON INVESTMENT IN JUDICIARY

…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.”

 

2019/2020 LEGAL YEAR OF THE EDO STATE JUDICIARY

The ceremonies marking the opening of the 2019/2020 Legal Year is scheduled to hold from Wednesday, 2nd October, 2019 to Friday,  4th October, 2019 with the following events;

 Day 1 –  2nd October, 2019

7.00am-8.00am – Fitness walk from High Court to visit an Orphanage Home at Stadium Road, Benin City and ending at the High Court premises for refreshment.

3.30pm-5.30pm – Table Tennis & Lawn Tennis tournament at the Judges’ Lodge, G.R.A., Benin City

Day 2 –   3rd October, 2019        

10.am-12.00 noon – Bar/Bench Forum

4.00pm   -Dinner with retired Judges and other guests

Day 3 –   4th October, 2019         

9.00am-10.00am – An Interdenominational Service to mark the formal opening of the 2019/2020 Legal Year at the High Court Complex, Sapele Road, Benin City.

10.00am-11.00am – Inspection of Guard of Honour by The Honourable, the Chief Judge of Edo State/photographs at the   High Court Complex, Sapele Road, Benin City.

11.00-1.00pm -Special Court Session at High Court 1, Benin City

2.00pm– Entertainment of invited guests.

W.I. Aziegbemhin Esq.,

 Chief Registrar.

EDO CHIEF .JUDGE COMMISSIONS CUSTOMARY COURTS IN IGUEBEN L.G.A

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 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

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.

Hon. Justice A. N. Ehigiamusoe Retires

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.

Information Officer.

Edo State Judiciary.

 

THE HONOURABLE THE CHIEF JUDGE SWEARS-IN TWO NOTARY PUBLIC

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

EDO JUDICIARY PREPARES STAFF FOR RETIREMENT

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

EDO CHIEF JUDGE INSTALLED AS PATRONESS OF BOYS BRIGADE NIGERIA

The Hon. Chief Judge of Edo State Judiciary, Hon. Justice Esohe Ikponmwen, has been installed as the Patroness, Boys Brigade, Nigeria.

Speaking at the Decoration ceremony which took place at the High Court in Benin City, Hon. Justice Esohe Ikponmwen said she was grateful to God and to everyone for the hour bestowed on her, explaining that she was elated to learn of the vision of Boys Brigade, Nigeria, and as it is founded on the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, she would whole heartedly embrace it since it was another opportunity for her to serve and spread the Gospel.

The Hon. Chief Judge further thanked those who had been strengthening the organization, while promising to uphold the tenets of the association in appreciation of her call in this area of service.

Earlier, while decorating the Chief Judge, the State President, Boys Brigade, Nigeria. Edo State Council, Mr. Lawson Akhideno, said investing Hon. Justice Esohe Ikponmwen as a State Patroness of the Organization was a dream come true for them, as they were assured that the vision and mission of Boys Brigade, Nigeria would be accomplished in Edo State.

The State President likened the investiture ceremony to the story of the sick man in the Bible, who had no man to help him, emphasizing his strong belief that God would use Hon. Justice Esohe Ikponmwen to uplift Boys Brigade in Edo State.

Mr. Akideno further congratulated the Hon. Chief Judge on the investiture and formerly welcomed her to Boys Brigade, Nigeria, whose objective is the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom among Boys and promotion of habits of obedience, reverence, discipline, self-respect and all that tends towards a true Christian manliness.

 

Nwine Nekpen Maureen

Information officer, Edo State Judiciary

74 INMATES FREED AS COMMITTEE ON PRISON DECONGESTION VISITS BENIN

No fewer than 74 inmates were recently freed from the Benin and Oko prisons as the presidential Committee on Prisons Reform and Decongestion visited Benin City, Edo State.

The inmates, who had been sentenced over crimes ranging from breach of peace, malicious damage, unlawful assault, fraud, conspiracy, breaking and stealing, were excited at the prospect of reuniting with their families.

Releasing them, the Head of the Presidential Committee on prisons Reform and Decongestion, and Chief Judge of FCT, Abuja, Chief Justice Ishaqu Bello, admonished the freed inmates to desist from acts that could get them back to prisons in future, maintaining that crimes do not pay.

The inmates who had learnt some trades while in custody were given some amount of money toenable them to set up their businesses and have means of livelihood, so as to shun crimes.

On her part, the Hon. Chief Judge, Edo State Judiciary, Hon. Justice Esohe Ikponmwen, charged the freed inmates to eschew life of crimes in the future as their loved ones suffered the most from their conviction.

Earlier, while on a courtesy call on the Governor of the State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Hon. Justice Bello informed the Governor that Edo State was the 14th State the Committee had visited while fulfilling their mandate of reforming and decongesting Prisons across the nation.

Present at the decongestion exercise were the Chief Judge of Edo State Judiciary, Honourable Justice Esohe Ikponmwen, the Attorney General of Edo State, Professor Yinka Omorogbe, Deputy Comptroller of Prisons, Edo State Command, Joseph Usendiah.

 

Nwine Nekpen Maureen

Information Officer, Edo State Judiciary

 

 

Appointment of Chief Registrar for the High Court

Following the retirement of H. I. Enemaku, Esq. on the 14th January, 2019, the Judicial Service Commission at its meeting held on Tuesday, the 22nd of January, 2019 approved the appointment of W. I. Aziegbemhin, Esq. as the substantive Chief Registrar of the High Court of Edo State with effect from 15th January, 2019. Until his appointment, W. I. Aziegbemhin, Esq. was a Chief Magistrate (Speceial Grade) and Deputy Chief Registrar (Special Duties and Protocol).

NOTICE

Please note that the PERFORMANCE EVALUATION, NATION-WIDE TRAINING EXERCISE which was slated to hold in Edo State on 5th of November, 2018 has been postponed indefinitely as a result of the proposed NLC Nationwide strike action. A new date will be communicated soonest.

 

H. I. Enemaku

Chief Registrar.

 

PUBLIC LECTURE

This is to the inform the general public of the 1st Public Lecture of the Faculty of Law, Benson Idahosa University, Benin City .

Topic: THE ART AND ESSENTIALS OF JUDGEMENT WRITING: A CRITICAL APPRAISAL OF THE JUDGEMENT OF PONTIUS PILATE to be delivered by His Lordship the Hon. the Chief Judge of Edo State, Hon. Justice Esohe Frances Ikponmwen, FCJEI

 

CHARILOVE IS PUSHING FOR BEST PRACTICES – CHRISTOPHER OMUSI

THE founder and coordinator of charilove centre, Christopher Omusi has said that any individual or government that encourage vote buying and election malpractice does not mean well for the people of this country.

Speaking during the visit of the Edo State chief Judge, Hon Justice Frances lkponmwen who led members of the state Judiciary on their charity walk to charilove centre in Benin City Mr. Omusi said such action result in dare consequences for Nigeria and organs such as charilove in particular and humanity at large.

“I wish to state categorically that any individual or government that encourages and promotes vote buying and election malpractices does not mean well for the people of this country.” Such individual or government is utterly satanic and can only end up creating a society that is utterly deformed and disabled.

I pray that the Judiciary will in the name of God do its best to ensure that people do not drag Nigeria to that awful state; he noted.

He said that for the Edo State Judiciary to find charilove as a place to channel its maiden and historic charity walk is certainly divinely inspired.

“We thank God for using the Edo State Judiciary today to lift up our drooping spirit and to keep our charilove hope alive.”

“Your coming here physically means a whole lot more to charilove than any award from anywhere in the world.

Thank you for coming to help wipe some of our over flowing tears, not essentially for ourselves but for our country Nigeria, he added.

He disclosed that charilove is a needs focused, action oriented and down to earth pragmatic voluntary service organisation.

In his words, charilove is an encapsulation of every idea and approaches that Nigeria needs to copy to be able to make headway and become a truly great nation.

“Charilove believes in action rooted advocacy (do-the talk-by-action) and not in mere rhetoric’s or propaganda.”

Charilove has continued and will, by the grace of God, continue to maintain just one position: If god is to choose to spare our country, Nigeria because of one, two or three upright individuals or groups, we want charilove to be a ready name to be presented by His angels. Staying true to this position is our passion and thus is the spirit that has helped to mold our character, our chosen vocation and our activities, he noted.

He further declared that because of the uncompromising position of charilove in pushing for best practices, the pace setter humanitarian service organisation and those running it have been made to suffer every manner of persecution, isolation, frustration and “rape” consequently, charilove has become stunted and sadly made so by people and by the Nigeria most difficult environment.

“Charilove observations and direct experiences are bringing us to ask one poignant question, “Has It become a crime and tragedy for someone in Nigeria to advocate for and uncompromisingly insist on best practices,” he added.

The Chief Judge of Edo State Justice Frances lkponmwen disclosed that when she thought of the usual charity walk to open the legal year, the lord put it in her heart that we should not just be seen as punishing those who offend in the, society but the judiciary as a whole must also be seen as serving the community and I thought we should pay a visit to project charilove and give a token of what we have.

“We have all come and we have seen, when we are in our little corner we grumble a lot about how hard things are.” But if we move out to see what people are going through, especially children who from no fault of theirs are born with certain disabilities, you will want to stop and think about them, you will want to give to ensure they have a better life, many of them from what I have read, when some people have children with disabilities they lock them in their homes or throw them away from them so that people will not laugh at them.

The mentality of our society is such that when anything happens to anybody, the thinking is that it is because of the evil the person has done.

“As an enlightened arm of the government we should begin to partner with other arms of the society that this children who are born with disability is no fault of theirs and we need to support them.”

 

 

CREDT: The Nigerian Observer

www.nigerianobservernews.com

JUDICIARY AND DISPENSATION OF JUSTICE BY EUBALDUS ENAHORO

THERE are so much politicking going on in the country and the rhetoric and propaganda have been heating up the polity with the general elections barely four months away.

The politicians are busy struggling for power even when it is obvious that most of them do not merit a second chance in the corridors of power.

In Nigeria today, hype on economic and political Issues has kept the populace busy to the extent they forget about the less privileged. For instance there has been public outcry over vote buying which has become prevalent in our elections.

Thus trend is however not new because in the 2015 general election we saw how in the full glare of the security apparatus,  some youths at Ogbe quarters in Benin City made frantic efforts to ensure that voters only cast their votes for their candidates.

A Journalist earned some few slaps from the hoodlums for daring these indian hemp smoking youths when he tried to insist on voting for his own candidate. The problem began when they requested to see who he had voted for before dropping the voter’s card inside the ballot box.

While some persons were made to swallow the bitter pill of accepting the N2,000 cash offered and vote their candidate, those who refused to dance to their tune were disenfranchised because they refused to compromise or sell their votes and conscience. It is then obvious that the vote buying syndrome did not just start With the Osun and Ekiti state governorship election.

We have heard many views on how to curb vote buying and the implications for our democratic journey. However, it is clear that the desperation for power has made some politicians believe that with their ill gotten money they can buy the peoples votes on election day and the highest bidder will take the day. We saw It happen at the party primaries across the states.

In any case, If Nigerians are truly sincere with themselves, especially the  umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the solution to this vote buying is for them to ensure that the voting pattern is made secret.

Away from politics, there are issues of immense importance, which should take our time and attention and that is reaching out to the less privileged In our midst.

It is sad that some people can afford to spend so much money to seek for power while several persons are wallowing in poverty, deprivation and hopelessness amongst their midst.

It was no doubt in response to meet the plight of the orphans and children with special needs, that the Chief Judge of Edo State, Justice Esohe Frances lkponmwen led the Judiciary in the state on a charity walk to charilove centre to identify with these categories of persons and give a token to them.

In the words of the Chief Judge who was accompanied by Judges, magistrates and other judiciary staff, it was the lord that laid it in her heart to visit the Charliove centre of disadvantaged and marginalized children.

“As I thought of the usual charity walk to open the legal year, the lord put it in my heart that we should not just be seen as punishing those who offend in the society, but the judiciary as a whole must also be seen as serving the community. I then thought we should pay a visit to Project Charilove and give a token of what we have. ‘

“We have all come and we have seen. When we are in our little corner we grumble a lot about how hard things are. But if we move out to see what people are going through, especially children who from no fault of theirs are born with certain disabilities, you will want to stop and think about their plight and give to ensure they have a better life. Many of them from what I have read, when some people have children with disabilities, they lock them in the house or throw them away so that people will not laugh at them. The mentality of our society is such that when anything happens to anybody, the thinking is that it is because of the evil the person has done“

“But as an enlightened arm of the government, we should begin to partner with other arms of the society that this children who are born with disability is no fault of theirs and we need to support them.”

The founder and coordinator of Charilove centre, Christopher Omusi who had earlier condemned the vote buying and election malpractice by politicians noted that such practices does not mean well for the people in the country as such action result in dare consequences for Nigeria and organs such as Charilove in particular and humanity at large.

“I wish to state categorically that any individual or government that encourages and promotes vote buying and election malpractices does not mean well for the people of this country. Such individual or government is largely satanic and can only end up creating a society that is utterly deformed and disabled.

“I pray that the Judiciary will in the name of God do its best to ensure that people do not drag Nigeria to that awful state. I thank Edo state Judiciary for finding Charilove as a place to channel its maiden and historic walk. It is certainly divinely inspired. God has used Edo state Judiciary today to uplift our drooping spirit and to keep our charilove hope alive.

“Your coming here: physically means a whole lot more to charilove than any award from anywhere in the world. Thank you for coming to help wipe some of our over flowing tears, not essentially for ourselves but for our country Nigeria,” he added.

Public Notice!

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

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Hon. The Chief Judge of Edo State, The Hon. Justice Esohe Frances Ikponmwen, FCJEI, has directed that due to the threatened Nationwide strike action by the NLC, the Edo State 2018/2019 Legal Year Ceremonies earlier scheduled to hold 27th and 28th of September, 2018 be rescheduled for the 11th and 12th of October, 2018.

 

All inconveniences occasioned by this reschedule are deeply regretted, please.

 

Signed

Chief Registrar

INVITATION TO CEREMONIES MARKING THE OPENING OF THE 2018/2019 LEGAL YEAR OF THE EDO STATE JUDICIARY

The Honourable the Chief Judge of Edo State, Hon. Justice E. F. Ikponmwen, FCJEI, has directed that I respectfully write to inform and invite you to the ceremonies marking the opening of the 2018/2019 Legal Year which is scheduled for Thursday 27th September, 2018 and Friday 28th September, 2018.

The Ceremonies are scheduled as follows:-

27th Sept. 2018                  7:00am – 8:00am            Charity walk from High Court to the Ring Road to visit Project Charilove then back to the High Court.

                                                10:00am – 10:30am        Unveiling and distribution of the New Edition of the Edo State Judiciary Newsreel Magazine, new High Court Civil Court Procedure Rules 2018,

Magistrates Court Rules & Area/District Court Rules followed by inspection of renovation & construction sites.

                                                3:30pm – 5:30pm             Table Tennis & Lawn Tennis tournament at the Judges; Lodge, G.R.A., Benin City.

28th Sept., 2018                 9:30am – 10:45am          An Interdenominational Service to mark the formal opening of the 2018/2019 Legal Year at the High Court Complex, Sapele Road, Benin City.

                                                11:00am – 11:30am         Inspection of Guard of Honour by The Honourable, the Chief Judge of Edo State/Photographs at The High Court Complex, Sapele Road, Benin

City.

                                                12noon – 2:00pm             Special Court Session at High Court 1, Benin City.

 

I respectfully on behalf of the Edo State Judiciary request that you are expected to deliver a speech at the opening ceremony on Friday, the 28th day of September, 2018 after consultation with the Chairmen of Ekpoma, Auchi, Uromi and Igarra Branches.

Accept, the assurances of the esteemed regard of The Honourable the Chief Judge, Please.

 

Yours sincerely,

A. E. Aibaogun (Mrs.),

Chief Inspector,

For: Chief Registrar.

RESUMPTION OF HON. JUDGES OF EDO STATE JUDICIARY

This is to inform the general public of the resumption of the Hon. Judges of Edo State Judiciary from their annual vacation on the 24th day of September, 2018. Normal court activities have since began.

BURIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR LATE HON. JUSTICE TIMOTHY UKPEBOR OBOH

Friday 13th July, 2018

8:00am – Corpse leavse Stella Obasanjo Hospital, Sapele Road, Benin City for High Court of Justice, Sapele Road, Benin City

9:00am – Valedictory Court Session at High Court of Jusice, Sapele Road, Benin City

10:00am – Body leavesHigh Court of Justice, Sapele Road, Benin City to his home town , Ogwa, Esan West Local Government Area, Edo State for interment.

 

Saturday 14th July, 2018

12:00am – Social Dance

 

Sunday 15th July, 2018

09:00am – Thanksgiving service at God’s Fulfilment Bible Church, Benin City.

PRESS RELEASE

DIRECTIONS UNDER ORDER 43 RULE 4(2) OF HIGH

COURT (CIVIL PROCEDURE) RULES 2012:

 ANNUAL VACATION FOR THE YEAR 2018

 

The general public is hereby notified that in compliance with the provisions of the High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2012, The Honourable Chief Judge of Edo State, Hon. Justice E. F. Ikponmwen has directed as follows:

 

  1. That the Annual Vacation of the High Court of Justice of Edo State shall commence on Monday 30th day of July, 2018 and shall end on Friday the 22nd day of September, 2018 both days inclusive. Full judicial activities would commence on the 25th day of September, 2018.

 

  1. That during the Annual Vacation, there shall be:

 

One vacation Judge in the State who shall sit in Benin Judicial Division, to entertain only urgent civil, revenue and criminal matters.

 

  1. That the matters to be entertained by the Vacation Judge during the period, shall be fresh matters of utmost urgency filed during the Vacation and not connected with matters already pending in the Courts.

 

  1. That the Vacation Judge shall be Hon. Justice M.O. Ighodalo of the High Court of Justice.

 

  1. That cases pending before the regular Courts may however be heard by the leave of the Honourable Judge in charge of that Court and by the consent of Learned Counsel to the parties.

 

 

 

 

Chief Registrar.

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI SIGNS BILL GRANTING FINANCIAL AUTONOMY TO STATES JUDICIARY

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday 8th June, 2018 assented to the constitution fourth alteration bill which grants financial autonomy and independence to the Houses of Assembly of the respective states and to the Judiciary of the respective states.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday.

He said “Therefore, upon this signature, the amounts standing to the credit of the judiciary are to now be paid directly to the judiciary of those states and no more through the governors and from the governors.

“And then the amounts standing to the credit of the Houses of Assembly of the respective states are now to be paid directly to the Houses of Assembly of that state for the benefit of the legislators and the management of the state Houses of Assembly of that state. This grants full autonomy now to the Houses of Assembly and judiciary of states.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: DEATH OF HON. JUSTICE TIMOTHY UKPEBOR OBOH

It is with great sadness that the Edo State Judiciary announces the passing on of His Lordship Hon. Justice Timothy Ukpebor Oboh.

Until his death he was a serving Judge of the Edo State Judiciary sitting at High Court 1 Auchi.

This is a great loss to the Edo State Judiciary. Our though and wellwishes go out to his family and friends.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

VALEDICTORY COURT SESSION IN HONOUR OF HON. JUSTICE A. EDODO-ERUAGA

The Honourable the Chief Judge of Edo State, Hon. Justice E. F. Ikponmwen on behalf of the Edo State Judiciary cordially invites the general public to the Valedictory Court Session in honour of Hon. Justice A. Edodo-Eruaga.

Date: 29th June, 2018

Time: 10am

Venue: High Court of Justice, Sapele Road, Benin City.

R.S.V.P:   H. I. Enemaku Esq (Chief Registrar)

VALEDICTORY COURT SESSION IN HONOUR OF HON. JUSTICE J. U. OYOMIRE

The Honourable the Chief Judge of Edo State, Hon. Justice E. F. Ikponmwen on behalf of the Edo State Judiciary cordially invites the general public to the Valedictory Court Session in honour of Hon. Justice J. U. Oyomire.

Date: 22nd May, 2018

Time: 1pm

Venue: High Court of Justice, Sapele Road, Benin City.

 

R.S.V.P:   H. I. Enemaku Esq (Chief Registrar)

 

RETREAT

This is to inform the general public that the Hon. Judges of the Edo State Judiciary will be on a 5 day retreat from the 23rd – 27th April, 2017. To this effect, there will be no seating in all High Courts in the state for the period of the retreat.

 

Edo State Governor swears in new Honourable Judges

The Edo State Governor Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki on Monday 16th April, 2018 swore in two new Honourable Judges into the Edo State Judiciary.

The two newly sworn in judges are Hon. Justice Orobosa Omotoso and Hon. Justice Aigbona Terry Momodu.

Speaking at the occasion, Gov. Godwin Obaseki said that his administration remains committed to strengthening the state judicial system for optimal justice delivery and sustenance of the democratic process.

He said:  “We realise that without an effective judicial system it will be impossible to practise our democracy.

We are proud of the reputation of the entire judiciary in the Edo State for its independence, integrity and its industry.

We constantly celebrate the fact that at a certain time when allegations were being regularly made regarding judges, our judiciary remained well respected and scandal-free”

He expressed optimism that the newly sworn in judges would build on the legacies left behind by their predecessors.

Hon. Justice Orobosa Omotoso, in her response, commended the Governor for his administration’s resolve to re-position the state judicial system.

She pledged the commitment of the new judges to discharge their duties to the best of their abilities.

Hon. Justice Orobosa Omotoso was born in 1967 and called to the bar in 1989, while Hon. Justice Aigbona Terry Momodu, also born in 1967, was called to the bar in 1991.

Chief Judge Inaugurates Monitoring Committee of the Lower Courts in Edo State

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;

  1. Sir S. O. Odigie, Esq. (Hon. Commissioner, Judicial Service Commission) – Chairman
  2. Mohammed O. Yamah, Esq. (Hon. Commissioner, Judicial Service Commission) –Member
  3. Hon. Joe L. Ekpenkhio (Hon. Commissioner, Judicial Service Commission) –Member
  4. Austin Omofoman (Hon. Commissioner, Judicial Service Commission) –Member
  5. A. E. Aibaogun (Chief Inspector of Courts) –Member
  6. M. U. Iluobe (Chief Magistrate Special Grade and Director, Inspectorate Division) –Member

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.

EDO STATE MULTIDOOR COURT, SENSITIZATION / PUBLIC AWARENESS PROGRAMME

On behalf of the Honourable the Chief Judge/Chairman of the Governing Council of the Edo State Multidoor Court, the general public is hereby invited to a sensitization/public awareness programme designed to engage various stakeholders on the services offered by the Edo State Multidoor Court and the benefit of exploring the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism.

The Edo State Multidoor Court was recently established to provide enhanced access to justice through a variety of Alternative Dispute Resolution processes aimed at supplementing litigation with other effective methods that are generally faster, cheaper and less adversarial.

The programme is scheduled to hold on Tuesday 30th January, 2018, 2018 at the Imaguero College Hall, Sapele Road Benin City at 10 a.m.

 Your esteemed presence will be highly appreciated.

 

EDO STATE JUDICIARY HOLDS VALEDICTORY COURT SESSION IN HONOUR OF LATE ANDREWS OTUTU OBASEKI JSC (Rtd.) CON, CFR

The Edo State Judiciary will hold a valedictory court session in honour of Late Andrews Otutu Obaseki J.S.C (Rtd) CON, CFR, on Thursday the 17th of August 2017.

The Late Andrews Otutu Obaseki J.S.C (Rtd) was born on the 11th day of June 1926 to late Chief Gaius I. Obaseki, C.B.E, the Iyase (Traditional Prime Minister) of Benin and late Mrs. Imazogbonre O. Obaseki.

The Late Andrews Otutu Obaseki J.S.C (Rtd) attended Government School, Benin City from 1932-1936, Edo College Benin City from 1937-1940, Hope Waddel Training Institute Calabar 1940-1942, School of Agriculture, Moor Plantation, Ibadan 1943-1945, Reading University, England 1945-1948, London School of Economics (LSE) 1948-1951, Council of Legal Education, London 1949-1952.

He started his career in the legal profession as staff solicitor of Nigeria Building Society 1957-1958 and thereafter appointed a President, Benin Divisional Grade A Customary Court 1958 and was the supervising authority of Customary Court below Grade A; Benin, Ishan, Asaba and Afemai Division from 1960-1963.

He was appointed, Chief Registrar of High Court of Mid-Western Region from 1963-1964, Judge of the High Court in the Mid-Western Nigeria 1964-1975, Acting Chief Justice of Mid-Western State Judiciary, April to November 1970 and August to November 1974.

He was appointed as Acting  Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria from October 9th 1975. By January 1st 1977, he became a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria till June 11th 1991. He was a member of the Body of Benchers from 1976-1991 and a Life Member, Body of Benchers from March 1989 till his death.

During his career at the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Andrews Otutu Obaseki J.S.C (Rtd) was the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, July 31st 1987 to September 3rd 1987; September 19th 1988 to October 19th, 1988; April 1st 1990 to May 3rd, 1990.

The Eminent Jurist was a man of many parts, he was honoured with many awards. Until his death,  Andrews Otutu Obaseki J.S.C (Rtd) was THE Obaseki of Benin Kingdom.

Press Release

EDO STATE JUDICIARY

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF REGISTRAR

(ADMINISTRATION DIVISION)

HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

BENIN CITY

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

DIRECTIONS UNDER ORDER 43 RULE 4(2) OF HIGH COURT (CIVIL PROCEDURE) RULES 2012: ANNUAL VACATION FOR THE YEAR 2017

The general public is hereby notified that in compliance with the provisions of the High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2012, the Chief Judge of Edo State, Hon. Justice E.F. Ikponmwen has directed as follows:

  1. That the Annual Vacation of the High Court of Justice of Edo State shall commence on Monday 24th day of July, 2017 and shall end on Friday the 15th day of September, 2017 both days inclusive. Full judicial activities would commence on the 18th day of September, 2017.
  2. That during the Annual Vacation, there shall be:

          One vacation Judge in the State who shall sit in Benin Judicial Division, to entertain only                         urgent civil, revenue and criminal matters.

  1. That the matters to be entertained by the Vacation Judge during the period, shall be fresh matters of utmost urgency filed during the Vacation and not connected with matters already pending in the Courts.
  2. That the Vacation Judge shall be Hon. Justice A.N. Erhabor of the High Court of Justice.
  3. That cases pending before the regular Courts may however be heard with the leave of the Hon. Judge in charge of that Court and by the consent of learn Counsel to both parties.

H. I. Enemaku Esq.,

Chief Registrar.

ADVERTISEMENT

EDO STATE JUDICIARY
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF REGISTRAR
HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
BENIN CITY

ADVERTISEMENT

Members of the Public are hereby invited to tender for the underlisted items as items required by the Edo State Multi door courthouse. Interested applicants are to bid for the following items.

  1. Computers and all Accessories
  2. Photocopy machines
  3. Projector
  4. Flat screen T.Vs
  5. Generators (15KVA)
  6. Ox Standing Fans
  7. Ceiling Fans
  8. Swivel Chairs
  9. Executive Office Chairs
  10. Executive Office Table
  11. Single Office Chairs
  12. Book Shelves
  13. Paper Shredder
  14. Standing Mirrors
  15. Executive Cushion Chairs

Interested bidders are expected to come with the following:-

  • Evidence of registration with the Edo State Public Procurement Agency.
  • Evidence of Registration with the Ministry of Works.
  • Recent Tax Clearance Certificate for 3 years(2015, 2016 85 2017).
  • Certificate of Incorporation.
  • Evidence of past job done.
  • Bank Statement for the past one year.

Further information Will be supplied by the Chief Works Superintendant (B&M), Administration and Supply Department, High Court of Justice, Sapele Road, Benin City.

Tenders should reach this office, not later than two weeks from the date of this advertisement.

 

H.I. EnemakuEsq.

Chief Registrar.

 

 

Stop the Use of Miss, Mrs, or Ms in Court – CJN Tells Female lawyers

*Esquire title for lady lawyers in Nigeria

Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen in open court today at the Supreme Court advised lawyers to stop the use of Miss/Mrs/Ms for female lawyers appearing in court. That Esq should rather be for announcing apperance with no other title.

This came about in two cases where female lawyers announced thier presence in court and added Mrs to it.

The Hon. Chief Justice also advised that where there are more than one person appearing, without title there should be introductory appellation- Messr wether female or male. But when only one person, name the person and use Esq whether female or male.

Renowned professor of Law, Prof. Ernest Ojukwu, SAN applauds the bold opinion of the CJN on his decision that the use of Miss/Mrs should not be used in court.

“This opinion is in accord with human rights. I have advised judges in the past that insisting that women should indicate if they are Miss, Mrs or Ms is discriminatory and debasing especially in the way the judges ask the questions”, Prof said.

 

 

EDO STATE GOVERNMENT HOLDS WORKSHOP FOR JUDICIAL OFFICERS

The Government of Edo State is organizing a workshop for Judicial officers in the State. The theme of the workshop is “THE STATE OF THE JUDICIARY AND ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE IN EDO STATE”. The workshop is under the distinguished chairmanship of Hon. Justice S. O. Uwaifo, JSC, CON, and put together by the Strategic Planning Unit (SPU) of the Edo State Government.

The workshop is expected to take place at Randekhi Royal Hotel, G.R.A, Benin City from 23rd – 25th March, 2017.

 

Reception Party in honour of The Honourable, The Chief Judge of Edo State

The Etose / Isiemwenro Family of Isiemwenro Quarters, Benin City has put together a reception party in honour of their daughter Hon. Justice Esohe Ikponmwen (Nee Okuonghae) on her appointment as CHIEF JUDGE, EDO STATE. The event is bid to hold on Saturday 18th day of February, 2017 at Uyi Grand Event Centre, 11 Osagiede Street, Off Aideyan Street, Off Ihama Road, Benin City.

 

Under the distinguished chairmanship of

Hon. Justice S. Elaiho

 

Father of the Day

CHIEF S. O. U. IGBE Iyase of Benin Kingdom

 

 

Nigeria Bar Association pays a courtesy visit to His Lordship, The Honourable, The Chief Judge. Hon. Justice E. F. Ikponmwen

The Nigerian Bar Association, Benin Branch, led by the Chairman Ede Asenoguan Esq. paid a courtesy visit to The Honorable, The Chief Judge of Edo State on 13th February 2017. During the visit, the Bar Chairman spoke on behalf of other branches of Nigerian Bar Association in Edo State, he congratulated the Honorable, The Chief Judge on her well deserved appointment.

According to the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, he read through the speech made by the Chief Judge during the swearing in ceremony and commended the Chief Judge for the speech, he urged her to work towards achieving the content of her speech. The Chairman encouraged the Chief Judge to sustain the harmonious relationship that exists between the Bar and the Bench. The Chairman dwelt on other issues affecting the dispensation of justice in the state.

In her response the Chief Judge thanked the Nigerian Bar Association for the visit and also for the support shown by them during the swearing in ceremonies. The Chief Judge promised to sustain the harmonious relationship that exists between the Bar and the Bench and that her office is open to the Bar to make their own contributions towards the dispensation of justice in Edo state. She also promised that the opening of a legal year is a ceremony that must be performed even in the face of scarce resources.

The Nigerian Bar Association thereafter presented the Nigerian Bar Association diaries to the Honorable Chief Judge.

Present during this courtesy visit was Honorable Justice A. N. Ehigiamusoe, Honorable Justice E. A. Edigin and Honorable Justice H. A. Courage-Ogbebor as well as other principal officers of the Edo State Judiciary.

PROFILE OF HIS LORDSHIP, HON. JUSTICE ESOHE FRANCES IKPONMWEN. THE HONOURABLE CHIEF JUDGE

The Honourable Justice Esohe Frances Ikponmwen was born on the 22nd day of November 1954 to the family of Mr. Anthony Uwuigbe Okuonghae and Mrs. Dianah Oritsejolone Okuonghae (nee) Onaghise Ede. Both now deceased. Her father, the senior twin to the late Mr. Gregory Onasemwenkhai Okuonghae was the son of a police man, Mr. Erhunmwunse Okuonghae from Enyaengie, lgun and Isiemwenro in Oredo Local Government Area, while his mother Mrs Aikpitanyi Okuonghae nee Ovtowe of Ekekhen in Igueben Local Government Area. On the other hand his Lordship maternal grandfather Mr. Onaghise Ede a boat repairer or engineer (as her mother would want to call him, was from Uteh in Ikpoba-Okha area but lived all his adult life in Warri where he met her maternal grandmother, Madam Titi Magbeyiteren Ede of Ejutshe family Okere Warri. It is not surprising that it was in Warri that his Lordships father working as a Sanitary Inspector met and married her mother. Between her parents they have nine children, Asemota, Esohe, ltohan, Adeyan Osadolor Amenaghawon, lyobosa, oghogho and AiweriogheneTosan. It is on record that His Lordship being the first daughter was privileged and pampered in that her dad’s first wife, the late Madam Noruwa Osunde had no children for him for the many years before they were born.

His Lordship was never spoilt by the pampering she got from her dad who always drove her to Secondary School during resumptions and breaks whether for midterm or long holidays. The only time she recalls taking a taxi home throughout her years in Anglican Girls’ Grammar School, Ughelli (1966 – 1970) and High School in Government College Ughelli (1971 – 1972) was when the school was shut down abruptly in 1968 due to infiltration of Biafran soldiers into the State.

His lordship recalls her father doing everything possible to make her comfortable at school. In her days in Primary Schools in Warri and Sapele 1960 – 1965 her siblings and herself were the only ones and or among the very few that wore socks and sandals to schoo Mrs. Tosan Inko-Tariah, her friend from primary school recalls with nostalgia how they used to teased her for wearing shoes to school. Her Lordship remembers taking off her shoes soon after being dropped off in school by her dad in order to be like other children who had no shoes.

His Lordship excelled in her education and in 1974 was admitted to read Law in the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus and bagged a 2nd Class Lower Division Degree in 1978.

His Lordship was called to the Nigerian Bar on 17th July 1979 and did the National Youth Service Corps. In 1980 she was employed as a State Counsel Gd. 11 in the Ministry of Justice Bendel state and rose to the position of Principal State Counsel in 1991. She served in the Departments of Public Prosecutions the Civil Litigation after attending the 7th Advanced Course in Civil Litigation in the University of Lagos in 1987. She relishes the period spent in the Ministry of Justice where she was groomed for the task ahead by legal icons like the Hon Justice G. E. Edokpayi her DPP; Hon. Justice G. O. U. Okungbowa, her Director of Civil Litigation and also DPP; Hon. Justice J. O. Omorodion, her Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary; Hon. Justice S. O. Elaiho (Attorney General), Hon Justice S. F. E. Akhigbe (her Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary) and several others including her senior colleagues like the Hon. Justice Tinu Akomolafe-Wilson, JCA, Hon. Justice Rita Nosakhare Obaseki-Pemu, JCA, Mrs Dupe Ojo, retired DPP and Permanent Secretary, Princess Dr. Chief ododo Irene odaro, retired Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, other colleagues like Mrs. Bridget Nwaka, Hon. Justice Adama Iye Iyayi-Lamatanka, now Chief Judge Rivers State.

His Lordship recalls with nostalgia her prosecution of cases before judicial icons like the Hon. Justice J. O. Aluyi in Agbor High Court, especially the case of the State V James Ovia & Another and Hon. Justice J.O. Maidoh in Auchi High Court in the case of the State V Chief M.C.K. Orbih & Ors amongst numerous other cases.

At the creation of Edo State, there was a dearth of Magistrates in the judiciary and she was appointed Chief Magistrate Grade 1 serving in Benin City and Abudu. She was administrative Magistrate in Court No. 1 and was Vice Chairman Magistrates’ Association from 1992-1997 becoming Chairman when Mr. S. A Ehiemua, Chief Magistrate Grade 1 retired from service. In 1999, his Lordship was appointed to the High Court Bench and served in Benin, Ekpoma and Auchi Judicial Division. She was in 2002 assigned as ICPC and later EFCC Judge for Edo State and remained so till her present appointment. She has served the nation as Chairman Yobe State Election Petition Tribunal, Chairman Edo State Local Government Election Appeals Tribunal and Chairman Personnel Management Board (Management Staff Committee) of Edo State Judiciary. His Lordship has attended several seminars, workshops and training on the job both locally and internationally. She has many awards and is a Paul Harris fellow of Rotary International.

She is a member of some professional bodies like International Bar Association, National Association of Women Judges, International Association of Women Judges; J. Reuben Clark Law Society. She has been married to Chief Edward Osawaru Ikponmwen JP, FNIM, mni for over 40 years and blessed with five children Imuwahen, Osahon (deceased), Isoken and Esosa (Twins) and Ifueko and her nine grand children for now. She has fostered same children like Oghogho, Franca and Odion.

Her membership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is cherished by her.

EDO STATE JUDICIAIARY GETS NEW CHIEF JUDGE

Edo State Governor, His Excellency Mr. Godwin .N. Obaseki on thursday swore in Justice Esohe Frances Ikponmwen as the substantive Chief Judge of the state following the retirement of Hon. Justice C. O. Idahosa who retired on the 25th of January, 2016. Speaking during the ceremony at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Benin City, Mr. Godwin Obaseki said every government must recognise the importance of the Judiciary.

The Governor stated that the laudable achievements recorded during the Adams Oshiomole-led administration were due to the harmony which existed between the Judiciary and the Executive, He therefore urged the Chief Judge to bring to bear her wealth of experience in the discharge of her duties as a highly respected judge in the country.

 

Obaseki said that her choice as the Chief Judge at a time of great change in the state was remarkable as she “is known to be fair and strict in the dispensation of Justice’’.
He also urged the Chief Judge to sustain and improve the harmonious relationship between Judges in the state.
In her response, the new Chief Judge, Hon Justice E. F.Ikponmwen promised to build on the legacy of her predecessor and enthrone Justice in the state. According to her: “I promise to be hard working, ensure speedy dispensation of justice and stand for the truth; It is the truth that sets one free”.
“There will be no more room for corrupt practices in our judiciary.”
Hon. Justice Ikponmwen was born November 22, 1954. Until her appointment as the Chief Judge of the state, she has been a judge at the state High Court since 1999.

PRESS RELEASE: PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR THE RETIRING CHIEF JUDGE OF EDO STATE

This is to inform the general public that The Honourable the Chief Judge of Edo State, Honourable Justice C. O. Idahosa will be retiring from service on the 25th day of January, 2017 and the activities lined up for the retiring Chief Judge are as follows:

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR THE RETIRING CHIEF JUDGE OF EDO STATE

DATE EVENT TIME VENUE
 

 

MONDAY 16TH JANUARY 2017

A State Wide Tour Of Courts

Farewell visit to Courts

EDO CENTRAL

Prison Visit to Ubiaja Prison

Farewell visit to Courts

EDO NORTH

Prison Visit to Auchi Prison

Farewell visit to Courts

EDO SOUTH

Visit to Children Correctional Center, Ugbekun.

   10.00am Courts in Edo Central Senatorial District, all Courts are to converge at the High Court premises in Ekpoma.
TUESDAY 17TH JANUARY 2017 10.00am Court in Edo North Senatorial District, all Courts are to converge at the High Court premises in Auchi.
WEDNESDAY 18TH JANUARY, 2017 10.00am Courts in Edo South Senatorial District to converge at the High Court Complex,

Benin City.

 

 

THURSDAY 19TH JANUARY 2017

Prison Visit to Oko & Central Prison 10.00am
 

 

FRIDAY 20TH JANUARY, 2017

Inauguration of Edo State   MultiDoor Court House.

Novelty Match between the   Bench and the Bar.

10.00am

4.pm

Hon. Justice Isaac Aluyi

Complex, 179 Aiguobasimwin Crescent G.R.A.

Benin City.

Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.

 

 

 

 

MONDAY 23RD JANUARY 2017

 

 

 

Courtesy visit to His Excellency, The Governor of Edo State with all Hon. Judges. 10.00am
Courtesy visit to the Honourable Speaker of  Edo State House of Assembly with all Hon. Judges. 12.00pm
Courtesy visit to His Royal Majesty, the Oba of Benin with all Hon. Judges. 2.00pm
TUESDAY 24TH JANUARY, 2017 Meeting of All Edo State Hon. Judges.

State Dinner

10.00a.m

4.00pm

Conference Hall

Government House

 

WEDNESDAY 25TH JANUARY 2017

Thanksgiving Service to mark the formal Retirement of the Hon. The Chief Judge of Edo State, from service. 8.30am St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Lagos Street Benin City.
All to be fully robed Inspection of Guard of Honour by The Honourable, The Chief Judge of Edo State. 11.00.am High Court Premises
  Valedictory Court Session

Compere:

    The Chief Registrar,

High Court of Justice,

Edo State.

12.noon   High Court 1
  Luncheon/Book Launch

(AS JUSTICE CROMWELL, PLEASES!)

Compere: Terry Isaacs

Idahor

   2.30.pm Uyi Grand Event Centre.

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EDO STATE JUDICIARY INAUGURATES FAMILY COURT, LAUNCHES EDO STATE FAMILY COURT (CIVIL PROCEDURE) RULES 2017.

The Edo State Judiciary on Monday 9th January, 2017 inaugurated the family court to exclusively handle matters pertaining to child abuse in compliance with the Child Rights Law 2007. The inauguration of the Court marks the beginning of the implementation of the Edo State Child Rights Bill which was passed into law in 2007 and was assented to by the then Governor of Edo State, His Excellency Prof. Oserhiemen Osunbor.

In his speech at the inauguration, the Hon. Chief Judge of the state, Hon. Justice Cromwell Idahosa, said the Child Rights Act extensively caters for the interest and rights of the child, adding that the family court would have exclusive jurisdiction to handle all matters pertaining to children in both civil and criminal matters.

“With the inauguration of this court, there shall now be speedy trial in matters relating to children’s welfare and protection, specifically from undue exposure and exploitation. The court will strive to provide families with the best possible outcome in child rights cases in accordance with the law and best global practices.”

The Chairperson of the Family Court Implementation Committee Hon. Justice H. A. Courage Ogbebor commended the Hon. Chief Judge for ensuring that the Family Court is inaugurated during his tenure as Chief Judge Edo State and also commended the former Chairperson of the Family Court Implementation Committee Hon. Justice N. A. Imoukhuede for her dedication.

The State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, who was represented at the event by his Deputy, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu, said if Nigeria could implement the family court, it would go a long way to address some of the challenges facing families. He gave the assurance that the State Government would support the Judiciary.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the state branch of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ede Asenoguan Esq., said the inauguration of the court would place the state among the few ones in the country that have established a family court to cater for the rights of children as envisaged by the Child Rights Law of Edo State 2007.The NBA State branch Chairman observed;

“We are happy that today, our collective dream of caring for the Rights of our children has been given a boost by this inauguration today. Certainly, our children are vulnerable and violated. They sure deserve better and I believe that no effort should be spared in ensuring that the Rights of Children are protected and enforced whenever or wherever same is breached or violated,” he said.

Goodwill messages also came in from the body of Senior Advocates of  Nigeria represented by K. S. Okeaya-Inneh  (SAN), SMILE (Sustainable Mechanism for Improving Livelihood and Household Empowerment), UNICEF, NAPTIP, NPDC, Edo State  Ministry of  Women Affairs & Social Development and Edo State  Children’s Parliament.

The occasion also witnessed the formal launching of the Edo State Family Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2017 which is the applicable rules of procedure in the Family Court.

The Court is constituted by a sitting Judge or Magistrate and two assessors who are to be sworn-in by the Hon. Chief Judge of the State.

 

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