Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, the Chief Judge of Ogun State, has condemned criminals in Abeokuta invading her court and stealing important digital equipment for court use.
The robbers, according to Dipeolu, took certain equipment acquired by Governor Dapo Abiodun for virtual court sessions.
She said that the theft of the equipment caused the state judiciary’s digitalization to be delayed.
The Chief Judge, speaking at the unveiling of an ICT tool for judges to promote swift administration of justice in Ogun, said the state had initiated the partial digitalisation of court operations during the COVID-19 shutdown through the deployment of virtual reality (VR) technology.
Dipeolu explained that the stolen equipment was purchased by Abiodun in his efforts to fully digitise the judicial system in Ogun with data-driven technology-based initiatives.
The Chief Ju dge who did not give the details of the stolen equipment said the digitisation of the judiciary would not be achievable until full autonomy is given to the judiciary.
Dipeolu said, “In the year 2020, after the relaxation of lockdown, I issued practice directions one and two of 2020 on virtual sitting to reduce to the barest minimum interaction with people generally as the situation demanded.
“In a bid to aid this, the state governor, Dapo Abiodun approved and provided equipment in my court again as a pilot scheme for virtual sitting.
“However, sometimes ago, thieves broke into my court and stole the equipment, since then I have also been using my laptop to conduct virtual sittings.”
The Chief Judge disclosed that the only challenge hindering the execution of full digitisation is the provision of an internet facility.