Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has sworn in five new judges for the Kwara State High Court, urging them to adhere strictly to their oath of office.
The new judges are a former Permanent Secretary and Solicitor-General of the State Ministry of Justice, Funsho Dada Lawal; a registrar at the Ilorin High Court of Justice, Olanipekun Sherifat Bola; a Deputy Registrar at the Akure Division of the Court of Appeal, Hussein Toyin Kawu; a Deputy Chief Registrar at the State High Court Ilorin, Nureni Kuranga as well as Umar Zikki Jubril, a senior magistrate Grade II in the state.
“The judicial oath enjoins you to administer justice without fear or favour, ill-will or affection. This oath is a solemn promise and only a firm commitment will see to its accomplishment,” AbdulRazaq said at the swearing-in ceremony attended by the top echelon of the state judiciary and a few other senior government officials.
“As you assume office as judges, it is imperative that you apply yourself religiously in accordance with your oath of office towards ensuring that justice is done and is seen to have been done at all times,” the governor advised.
AbdulRazaq said the new judges have all paid their dues in public service and that their new positions are a new call to a greater service to the state and the country.
“This administration is determined to support the judiciary in the quest to stand on a solid footing with adequate complement of judicial officers and relevant facilities to perform its functions,” he added.
“To this end, the state government has a comprehensive plan for the gradual renovation of court buildings within the limits allowed by the global economic meltdown. The modest achievements recorded so far clearly point at our resolve to make things a lot better than we met them.”
Kwara State Chief Judge, Suleiman Durosinlorun Kawu said the new appointees went through competitive screening and were deemed qualified at every stage of the nomination exercise which began in August, 2019.
Kawu also commended the governor for his support to the judiciary since he assumed office last year, including the rehabilitation of the State High Court Complex and four courtrooms in Ilorin metropolis, approval for similar renovation of courtrooms across the state and purchase of five brand new Peugeot 508 vehicles for the new judges, among other things.
Kawu said the appointment of the five judges was the second highest in the history of the judiciary in the state.
Justice Lawal, who spoke on behalf of the newly appointed judges, said they would justify the confidence reposed in them by the unique appointment to serve humanity with integrity in the exercise of judicial duties.
She said they would uphold the sanctity of “an incorruptible and independent judiciary in the dispensation of our judicial functions.”