(November 23, 2014)The number of Judges in the Lagos state High court has increased from fifty to fifty- four. This followed the swearing in of four new Judges who are, Justices Iyabo Akinkugbe, Serifat Sonaike, AbdulFattah Lawal and Abisoye Bashua.
At the swearing-in, Lagos state Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) who expressed concern over the present situation in the country, urged every Nigerians to act responsibly.
Governor Fashola advised the new Judges to realign their social life with their new responsibilities.
The Governor who also enjoined families and friends not to make the new judges vulnerable pointed out that judges play a pivotal role in justice delivery.
Regretting that only four out of the seven names submitted by the State Judicial Service Commission were approved by the National Judicial Service Commission, Mr. Fashola said it was high time the NJSC had a rethink on its unilateral decision in the appointment of judges in states.
He said each state should be allowed to appoint judges in asmuch as such states have the resources to cater for their needs to ensure that they remain incorruptible.
The new Judges were presented with brand new cars and keys to their official residences.