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Gov. Bello inaugurates new Kogi CJ

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Gov. Bello inaugurates new Kogi CJ

By Friday IdachabaGov. Yahaya Bello from Kogi was sworn in on Thursday to Judge Richard Olorunfemi, as the state’s 5th chief justice.

Bello was also sworn in to Judge Siyaka Momoh-Jimoh Usman, as president of the state’s Customary Court of Appeal.

Speaking on the occasion, the governor called on the judiciary to deliver justice in the fear of God.

Bello was represented by his deputy, Chief Edward Onoja.

He also urged the judicial officers to respect the highest level of decorum, to avoid corruption and to ensure rapid justice to all kinds of people.

He described the judiciary as an arm equal to the executive and the legislature, and assured that it would ensure the independence of all arms without any form of interference.

The governor noted that the newly appointed officers were persons of immense integrity, character and qualifications to run the affairs of their offices.

He called on them to bring their experiences and sagacity to provide excellent leadership.

Bello also gave the assurance that the well-being of judicial officers and staff would always be a priority for the government.

Olorunfemi, who spoke on behalf of the newly appointed judicial officers, assured their commitment in favor of rapid justice.

He thanked the government for finding them worthy of the appointment and pledged that the judiciary under their leadership would be the pride of the state.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Olorunfemi’s appointment follows the retirement of Judge Henry Olusiyi, after reaching the legal retirement age of 65.

Usman, on the other hand, was appointed following the retirement of the former President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Judge John Olowosegun, after reaching the mandatory age of 65 as stipulated by the law.

Source: NAN

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