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Ekiti vows support for Customary Court of Appeal

According to Justice John Adeyeye, the state Chief Judge, the National Judicial Council has approved the launch of the Ekiti State Customary Court of Appeal.

He praised the state governor, Kayode Fayemi, for his willingness to provide the necessary facilities for the court’s smooth start.

Adeyeye also revealed that, under his leadership, the state Judicial Service Commission had begun the process of appointing four new judges to the state high courts to fill vacancies left by the retirement of some judicial officers.

“The four successful candidates as nominated by the NJC will soon be sworn-in as judges by Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi,” the CJ said during a valedictory court sitting for a retiring high court judge, Justice Abiodun Adesodun, in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

Adeyeye described Adesodun, who retired after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65, as “an amiable, erudite, diligent, and industrious judicial officer,” and wished him good health and peace of mind as he took “his deserved rest after an illustrious career.”

The Chief Justice assured everyone that he would “continue to broaden and brighten the pathway to effective justice administration in Ekiti State through personnel expansion and improved working conditions.”

“As indicated in my address during the occasion marking the commencement of the year 2021/2022 Legal Year in September,” he said, “the NJC has given its nod to the take-off of Ekiti State Customary Court of Appeal.”

Adeyeye praised Fayemi for his support for all efforts aimed at improving justice delivery in the state, as well as his willingness to provide necessary facilities for the Customary Court of Appeal’s smooth launch.

In his remarks, Adesodun urged those in positions of authority to look after the health and general welfare of judges, as well as to avoid unnecessary increases in tax and other deductions from their salaries, as well as to improve the welfare of magistrates and registrars with relevant qualifications.

“Judiciary as an arm of government can also have administrators or Deputy Chief Registrars who shall be on the same status as Permanent Secretary while the Chief Registrar should be on the same status as Head of Service,” he said, referring to a “Law to Amend the Ekiti State House of Assembly Service Commission No. 4 of 2003 and other Matters Incidental thereto or connected therewith.”

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