EDO CHIEF JUDGE COMMENDS EDO EXECUTIVE FOR ASSERTIVE OUTLOOK ON DEMOCRACY
Edo State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Esohe Ikponmwen, has commended the Executive Arm of Edo State Government, saying that the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has an assertive outlook on democracy.
Hon, Justice Esohe Ikponmwen, who gave this commendation while speaking as chairman on the occasion of the 2019 Law Week of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Benin City, thanked Mr. Obaseki for his developmental strides and people-oriented policies which formed the evidence of the growth of democracy in the State.
The Chief Judge, however, pleaded with all well-meaning individuals and practitioners of law not to tear down the constitution, but to allow the Judiciary to strive independently in all its dealings.
She further stressed that there were lots of judicial pronouncements on democracy and the law, stating that the law has a big role to play in advancing the democratic outlook in Nigeria.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Benin Branch, Prince Collins Ogiegbaen, said the theme of the 2019 Law Week which was “Advancing the Nigerian Democratic Outlook: the Role of Law,” was thoughtfully selected as it touched on the delicate act of balancing on an ordinary scale while it was also set to expose the deadly and negative use of power under a democratic outlook.
Delivering the keynote address on “Advancing the Nigerian Democratic Outlook: The Role of Law,” Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa Esq. posited that unless the rights and freedom of citizens were guaranteed, the ruler would most probably run amock and clamp down on all forms of opposition to his programmes and policies, thus compromising or jeopardizing democracy, explaining that there would be no democracy without law.
Nwine, Nepen Maureen
Information Officer, Edo State Judiciary
EDO STATE CHIEF JUDGE BAGS LIFE TIME ACHIEVERS AWARD
The Chief Judge, Edo State High Court, Hon. Justice Esohe Frances Ikponmwen, has been conferred with a Life Time Achievers Award by the Nigerian Bar Association, Benin Branch.
Receiving the award which was conferred on her during the 2019 Nigerian Bar Association’s Law Week, Chief Judge Esohe Ikponmwen said she was grateful for the honour bestowed on her,and charged members of the Association to uphold the rule of law and the honour that comes from defending the cause of justice, praying God to take the judiciary to greater heights.
Acknowledging the Chief Judge during the Conferment of the Award, the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Benin Branch, Prince Collins Ogiegbaen, said the Award was in recognition of Justice Ikponmwen’s immense contribution to the uplift and betterment of the Edo State Judiciary.
According to Prince Collins Ogiegbaen, Justice Esohe Ikponmwen, who is known to be fair and strict in the dispensation of justice, has brought uniqueness to the State Judiciary, explaining that the Jurist’s tenure as Chief Judge has been harmonious, impactful and staff welfare-oriented.
He urged the Chief Judge to continue with her developmental strides as God would continue to strengthen her to do more.
Other recipients of the NBA, Benin, Life Time Award, are Hon. Justice Isaac Aluyi (Rtd), Hon. J. O. Olubor (Rtd) and Prof. Osayuki Godwin Oshodin (JP), while the NBA Benin Merit Award was conferred on Hon. Justice Esther Edigin and Hon. Justice Itsebaga Acha, Judges of Edo State High Court.
Nwine Nekpen Maureen
Information Officer, Edo State Judiciary.
A Valedictory Court Session has being held in honour of the Hon. Mrs. Justice Ada Nnoyelum Ehigiamusoe on occasion of her retirement from public service as a high court Judge in Edo State Judiciary.
In her speech, the Hon. Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Esohe Frances Ikponmwen, stated that it is with immense Joy she is presiding over the valedictory court session in honour of Hon. Justice A. N. Ehigiamusoe, stating that the retiring Judge has been an inspiration to many people, describing her as warm, loving to all and undeniably humble.
The Hon. Chief Judge also stated that Hon. Justice A. N. Ehigiamusoe contributions over the years to the progressive development of Edo state Judiciary could not be over emphasized as she has spent the better part of her life working in the Edo state Judiciary.
She thanked the retiring Judge for her unflinching support over the years and prayed that her post retirement life wiould be filled with greater memories and testimonies to the glory of God.
Congratulating Hon. Justice A. N. Ehigiamusoe, the state Attorney General and commissioner for Justice, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe who was represented by wole Iyamu SAN, the solicitor General, Edo state Ministry of Justice remarked that the Occasion is the logical culmination of a distinguished and Satisfying Judicial career Devoted to Justice dispensation. described Justice A. N. Ehigiamusoe as one such Jurist who was gentle, yet firm and marked himself distinctly.
According to him, Hon. Justice A. N. Ehigiamusoe career is an inspiration and her example is eternal as her carriage in the discharge of justice was faultless.
In her response, the retiring Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe thanked God for the opportunity of the valedictory service.
She appreciated the people of Edo state who gave her an identity,
haven come into the states Judiciary on appointment as Magistrate II, rose steadily and smoothly through the ranks to become the second in command in the hierarchy of Judges in Edo state Judiciary and being privileged to have served in the three Senatorial Districts in the State.
Justice Ehigiamusoe further thanked the state’s Chief Judge for the good working relationship that existed between them and also her family for the solid support they had accorded her.
Among the dignitaries at the session were the executive Governor of Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, represented by the Secretary of the state Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq; the Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shuaibu, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Taiwo Akerele, Judges across the state as well as visiting and retired Judges.
Nwine, Nekpan Maureen.
Edo State Judiciary.