Oyo State to inaugurate crime Customary Court of Appeal – C. J.
The Chief Judge Justice of Oyo State, Prince Muktar Abimbola has made his intention known that the State government has concluded plans to inaugurate fresh Customary Court of Appeal in so as to speedy the dispensation of justice in the State.
Abimbola made this known in Ibadan while addressing the News Writers on Monday shortly after swearing in 24 new magistrates at the conference room of the State High Court of Justice, a copy of which was made available to oyovoice on Tuesday.
He explained that the Court of Appeal when operational, will be taking appeals from President of the Grade A Customary Courts just as appeals will also be taken from Grade C Customary Courts by Presidents of Grade A Customary Courts.
Justice Abimbola said as soon as renovation works on the former Court of Appeal which the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has given for the purpose was completed the Customary Court of Appeal will take effect.
He opined that optimism that the project as well as the family court also undergoing renovation at Iyaganku area of Ibadan would take effect before the commencement of the next legal year.
Earlier during the Swearing-in-Ceremony, Justice Munta Abimbola described the appointment which is in line with international best practices, as a giant leap in the on-going restructuring in the administration of Justice, particularly, Criminal Justice in the state.
He lauded the efforts of the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi over recent developments in the State Judiciary which he said will help fast-track administration of Justice.
The Chief Judge of Oyo State therefore charge the new Magistrates to redeem the image of the judiciary which he said was at its lowest ebb by upholding the tenets of the profession and to discharge their duties without fear or favour.
A total of 24 Magistrates comprising nine presidents of Grade A Customary Courts, six Senior Magistrates (Grade Two) and nine Magistrates (Grade One) took oath of allegiance to serve the State with the fear of God.
The presidents of Grade A Customary Court are; Gbadamosi Ronke, Omiteru Folake (Mrs.), Salmot Akintayo, Aworemi Mojisola, Mr. Olopade Adeolu, Mrs. Olaniyan Folake, Mrs. Akinrodoye Imoleayo, Mrs. Adedipe Oluwaseun and Mrs. Afolabi Olawunmi.
In the Senior Magistrate (Grade 2) are Babalola Ilubekeme, Mrs. Daudu Grace, Mrs. Oyediji Aderinsola, Mrs. Durowoju Adebukola, Mrs. Oyekanmi Titilayo and Mr. Ayoalagbe Ayorinde.
Others in the Magistrate (Grade One) category are Mrs. Adesina Sherifat, Mrs. Akanji Ayobami, Mrs. Amole-Ajimoti Mercy, Mrs. Enilolobo Oluwayemisi, Miss Olagbenro Modupeola, Mrs. Latunji Odunola, Mr. Olanipekun Israel, Mrs. Osho Oluwabusayo and Mrs. John-Olorioke Victoria.