Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has reiterated the continued support of his administration for the independence of state judiciary for proper administration of justice. Governor Aregbesola who promised that he would strive to further strengthen the judiciary, noted that his administration has never interfered in nor influence any judgement since he became governor in the state.
Governor Aregbesola stated this at the State High Court, Osogbo, the state capital, during the valedictory court session and send off ceremony for Justice Moshud Aderibigbe Adeigbe, held in the court of the Chief Judge of the state. Governor Aregbesola who was represented by the Stateâ€™s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Ajibola Basiru, described the retired judge as “hardworking, incorruptible and God fearing.â€Â Â
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He observed that there is need to reposition the judiciary, stating that the state government was making serious effort at resolving the major challenges of the judiciary, particularly the poor infrastructure of the courts in the state with a view of delivering a judiciary that is not only independent, but professional, transparent and accessible to the citizenry. He appreciated the contribution of the retired judge to the judiciary inÂ the State of Osun, advancement of the law and the development of the legal professional, praying that his retirement would be fruitful for him.
Speaking at the event, the Chief Judge of the State, Hon. Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo, expressed happiness that Justice Adeigbe was retiring at 65 years after serving the state for 11 years. She said, “I wish I have the capacity to grant an order extending the tenure of the judge. We wouldn’t have allowed Justice Adeigbe to go now.
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“Posterity would remember him for doing his best in contributing to the development of judiciary in the state” Chief Judge said.
In his response, Justice Adeigbe expressed gratitude to Allah, his wives and the entire judiciary for their support. He expressed sadness over the pain retired Judges are passing though, appealing to stakeholders in the sector to find solution to it. He suggested that the “Federal government should increase allocation while the state government should increase their Internally generated revenue. The gratuity of a retired judge should not be delayed.
The event was attended by Chief Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), Akin Onigbinde (SAN), Yomi Aliu (SAN), a judge of the supreme court, Olukayode Ariwoola, former Attorney General of Oyo state, Adebayo Ojo Professor Femi Odunsi, Dean, Faculty of Law, OAU, among others.
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