The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, on Thursday, swore in the recently confirmed State Chief Judge, Justice Richard Olorunfemi, and Justice Isiaka Momoh-Jimoh, the President Customary Court of Appeal.
In the Governor’s address, which was delivered by his deputy, Edward Onoja, he urged the newly sworn in justices to carry out their functions with erudition and the fear of God, noting that there was no doubt that they would provide excellent leadership for the Judiciary and the state in general.
Bello alluded that as proof of positive cordial relationship in the three arms of government, there had been multiple successions into the judicial arm since the demise of Justice Nasir Ajanah.
Each time, he said the government had respected the legal and seniority principles set by the Constitution and the Judiciary itself and refrained from interfering with existing hierarchies or organograms.
He recalled that on the 26th of March and 2nd of August 2021, the Kogi state government administered the Oath of Office to their Lordships into their respective Offices in an Acting capacity, expressing that the ease with which they scaled through all the processes leading up to the ceremony, including screening and confirmation at the House of Assembly confirmed that the faith his government had in them was not displaced.
The State Governor said it was indeed fortunate to have chosen worthy candidates for the two key offices in the administration of justice in Kogi State, affirming that the two law lords to whom such positions have been entrusted were well-known, educated, experienced.
He enjoined Justice Richard Olorunfemi and Justice Isiyaka Momoh-Jimoh to always as the head of the Kogi State Judiciary and the President of the Customary Court of Appeal of Kogi State to bring their considerable history as experienced jurists to bear in the administration of justice in the state.
Speaking on behalf of the newly sworn-in justices, Olorunfemi assured the State of their utmost discharge to the quick dispensation of justice.