The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, while speaking on Monday blamed the recent happenings in the country’s legal system on the corruption in the judiciary.
The Ondo State Governor stated this during the swearing-in-ceremony of four judges of the state High Court in Akure.
According to NAN, the four judges were identified as Bamidele Olupitan, Olajide Abe, Ademola Enikuomehin and Tope Adedipe.
The governor stated that it is sad to note that even judicial officers at the appellate courts are not immune from corruption.
“The average citizen must be able to perceive the intervention of the Bench as credible regardless of the outcome. Litigants must leave, believing that justice has been done.”
“A judge must be a shining light to the society since his conduct and behaviour reflect the public image of the judiciary.”
“The future of the judiciary and indeed the nation depends, to a large extent, on how our judges perform their duties, effectively,”.
Akeredolu stated that since judges decide the fates of the citizens, there is the need for them to be decent, professionally disciplined and incorruptible to achieve a better society.
The Chief Judge of the state, Olutoyin Akeredolu, commended the Ondo State governor and the Speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun, for their support towards the affairs of the judiciary.
He appreciates the Governor for his commitment towards the implementation of financial autonomy for the Judiciary.
He called on the new judges to strong the task before them.
She took the opportunity to call on the state government to appoint more judges, magistrates, personnel of the customary court and other staff to fill the yawning gap.
Olupitan while speaking on behalf of other judges appreciated the state government for the opportunity to serve and promised to influence the judiciary positively.
He promised the state Governor that the new judges would justify the confidence placed on them.