The Chief Judge of Ogun, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade, on Monday, July 2nd, 2018 swore-in nine legal practitioners as presidents of Grade 1 Customary Court and nine new magistrates in the state.
Hon. Justice Olopade while swearing-in the appointees at the conference hall, High Court, Isabo, Abeokuta said that the appointments were imperative to aid the speedy dispensation of justice.
“It is noteworthy that the presidents of Grade 1 Customary Courts being sworn in today are the pioneer set in the history of Ogun State consequent upon the amendment to the customary courts’ law of Ogun.
“Only laypersons were adjudicating over cases in the customary courts and lawyers were not allowed to appear before them.
“We are making history today as nine distinguished legal practitioners will take up the seat of the president in nine Grade 1 Customary Courts across the state,” she stated.
The Hon. Chief Judge made it known that three Grade 1 Customary Courts will be in each of the senatorial districts of the State which includes Ake, Owode- Egba and Wasimi under Ogun Central
“Others are Aiyeope, Ijebu-Igbo and Sagamu (Ogun East) and Ota, Ilaro and Idiroko (Ogun West),” she said.
Olopade urged the presidents to put in their best in the development of the Customary Courts, saying that “as legal practitioners, a lot is expected of you in terms of integrity, uprightness and hard work.’’
She advised the new appointees to be fair, adding that they should embrace the judicial code of conduct and meditate on it always.
Olapade also urged the new magistrates to always uphold the ethics of the profession and make self-discipline their watchword, adding that they should discharge their duties without pressure, favouritism and undue influence.
Three males and six females were sworn in as presidents of Customary Court while two males and seven females were named as new magistrates.
The newly appointed magistrates are, Afolabi Rafiat, Onagoruwa Olanrewaju, Adeniyi Suliat, Tayo-Osho Timilehin, Kudoro Adebola, Abdulsalam Busayo, Otayemi-Osikoya Titilope, Sotunde Onaopemipo and Ogunmodede Bernice.
While the newly appointed Presidents include, Adeniji Adenike, Sam-Obaleye Oketola, Okedairo Olusegun, Adeyemi Adebola, Awosanya Modupe, Okikiolu Oluwatosin, Bello Muniru, Mrs. Fiade Stella and Ademiju Omotola.