Newly appointed Presidents and Members of Ogun State Customary Courts have been advised to ensure zero tolerance for corruption in administering justice in the State.
The Chief Judge of Ogun State, Hon. Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, made this known in her remarks at the swearing in of two newly appointed Presidents and twenty five Customary Courts Members held at the Ogun State Judiciary Headquarters along Kobape, Abeokuta
Justice Dipeolu said the appointment of the Customary Court members is aimed at taking justice back to the people of Ogun State and to discourage citizens and litigants from seeking self-help.
According to the Chief Judge, the inauguration of Customary Court members is also aimed to interpret the law relating to land inheritance, marriage among others.
Justice Dipeolu thereby admonishes the appointees to curb corruption in any form, instead they should embrace hard work and uphold the oath of office of dispensing justice without fair or favor.
“I implore you all to restrain corruption and avoid any act that will bring humiliation to the Customary Court and to the Ogun State Judiciary, instead I encouraged you to be firm, bold, dedicated to your duties” she advised
“Also always uphold your oath of allegiance, avoid ostentatious life style and adhere strictly to the oath of conduct you occupy” she urges
Earlier in his keynote address, the President, Ogun State Customary Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Mobolaji Ojo enjoined the appointees to be impartial, engender confidence and fair in the dispensation of their duties.
“I caution you all to guide against all forms of negative tendencies including absenteeism, lack of punctuality, tardiness among others however approach your duties with highest sense of responsibility and be vigilant as you represent the image of the Ogun State Judiciary.” he said.
Speaking on efficient justice delivery at the Customary Court level, Justice Ojo expressed readiness to align with modern technology.
“Toward this end, all serving Grade 1 Customary Court Presidents were recently sent on Computer Appreciation Training, I enjoin you all to prepare for the next level in Administration of Justice by acquiring and Sharpening your Computer literacy Skills at the State Judiciary Development Centre to be commissioned soon” he said
The appointment of the two newly appointed Presidents to preside over Grade 1 Customary Courts, according to Justice Ojo will bring into seven the number of the Grade 1 Customary Courts in the State.