Court of appeal Akure Division takes off

All is now set for the formal take-off of the newly-established Akure
Division of the Court of Appeal as the 2-storey Court complex is
ready for occupation.

The Ondo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr
Eyitayo Jegede, while conducting newsmen round the complex
today in company of the Chairman of the Ministerial Committee on
the Project, Barrister Rotimi Olamide, said legal proceedings would
start very soon in the court.

Already, Justice Ngwuta who has been appointed the Presiding
Justice of the court by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice
Ayo Salami was in Akure last weekend to inspect the level of work
done on the complex preparatory to his full resumption.

Also, one Mr Joel Fatoki, who was hitherto serving at the Enugu
Division, has been appointed the Deputy Chief Registrar of the
court in addition to the deployment of about 50 staff from various
divisions of the Court of appeal

The Attorney General expressed the gratitude of Ondo State
government to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Alloysius
Katsina-Alu and
Salami “for approving the establishment of a Court of Appeal in
Ondo State and
supporting this noble cause.

“What we have done is to provide the infrastructure. We have
already five chambers for the Justices, the Courtroom, a Library, a
Registry, 100KVA Power generator, Administration building among
others. These are essential requirements and components of the
Court of Appeal, these are the required infrastructure that will
enable the court take off, we also have accommodation
for the justices

“We believe that we deserve the Court of appeal here given the
legal history of Ondo State believing also that the old states that
were created alongside Ondo state, most of them are divisions of
the court, don’t forget that we are sufficiently busy here in terms of
legal practice.

“Moreover, this should serve as a springboard for neighbouring
states where they can access court of appeal, we are looking
forward to take a break from Benin and allowing our lawyers here
the opportunity to develop the practice and add value to the
development of the state” Jegede concluded.

African Examiner


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