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Ogun Swears-In Ten New Magistrates

Ogun Swears-In Ten New Magistrates

By AfricanOutlook Reporter

A new set of Magistrates numbering ten were on Tuesday sworn-in in Ogun State to help with the administration of justice, in addition to the already existing 22 presiding over the magistrate courts in the 16 magisterial districts in the state.

Our correspondent was at the High Court, Isabo, Abeokuta venue of the ceremony and reports that the new magistrates were sworn-in in the presence of their families and well wishers. The magistrates comprise of three females and seven males.

 

The State Chief Judge, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade who conducted the ceremony said the appointment became imperative because of the ever increasing work load in the magistracy.

 

"Prior to today, we had 22 magistrates, as at the end of November, there were 1,280 civil and 2,932 criminal cases pending before the 22 magistrates. Statistics show that on the average, 230 criminal overnight cases and 185 civil cases are brought to our courts on a monthly basis, it therefore became very necessary that more magistrates be brought on board," she said.

 

Olopade added that in order to bring justice closer to indigenes of the state, two new magisterial districts had been created, namely, the Ishara and Ifo magisterial districts. She also expressed optimism that the new magistrates would excel at their duty having emerged the best of 72 applicants who sat for the competitive examination.

 

The number one Judge in the state 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, favoritism and undue influence.

 

"I want you all to know that you are joining a formidable team of magistrates and jurists, you cannot afford to be non-performers," Olopade said.

 

The newly sworn in magistrates include: Adeola Daudu, Oluranti Farounbi, Olatilewa Oyefeso, Olakoleyin Oke, Ajibolu Shomorin, Temitope Adebutu, Oyindamola Onifade, Temitope Ayobolu, Folarin Iroko and Sunday Ogongo.

 

However, speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Magistrate Adeola Daudu, promised they would be of good behaviour, uphold and protect the laws of the state.