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
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
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
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.
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 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.
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
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.
A. E. Aibaogun (Mrs.),
For: Chief Registrar.
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.
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.
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:
One vacation Judge in the State who shall sit in Benin Judicial Division, to entertain only urgent civil, revenue and criminal matters.
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.
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.
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
Venue: High Court of Justice, Sapele Road, Benin City.
R.S.V.P: H. I. Enemaku Esq (Chief Registrar)
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
Venue: High Court of Justice, Sapele Road, Benin City.
R.S.V.P: H. I. Enemaku Esq (Chief Registrar)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EDO STATE JUDICIARY
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF REGISTRAR
HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
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:
One vacation Judge in the State who shall sit in Benin Judicial Division, to entertain only urgent civil, revenue and criminal matters.
H. I. Enemaku Esq.,
EDO STATE JUDICIARY
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF REGISTRAR
HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
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.
Interested bidders are expected to come with the following:-
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.
*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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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
MONDAY 16TH JANUARY 2017
|A State Wide Tour Of Courts
Farewell visit to Courts
Prison Visit to Ubiaja Prison
Farewell visit to Courts
Prison Visit to Auchi Prison
Farewell visit to Courts
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,
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.
|Hon. Justice Isaac Aluyi
Complex, 179 Aiguobasimwin Crescent G.R.A.
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.
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
The Chief Registrar,
High Court of Justice,
|12.noon||High Court 1|
(AS JUSTICE CROMWELL, PLEASES!)
Compere: Terry Isaacs
|2.30.pm||Uyi Grand Event Centre.|
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.
The Department of State Services over the weekend arrested 7 judges in what it termed a “Sting” operation….
Edo State Judiciary website goes live. Features lots of exciting services…