CJN Inaugurates 22 Justices OF the Appeal Court

By Charles Ogba, Abuja


The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola has Inaugurated 22 Justices of the Appeal Court and 12 Judges of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory(FCT).

During the swearing-in ceremony, the CJN charged the new senior officials to be upright in the delivery of justice to Nigerians without fear or favour.

The CJN said, “It is a solemn pledge and commitment to good conduct in the course of your adjudication, especially as senior judicial officers in the appellate court.”

“Today’s ceremony is an indication of the perilous times that we are currently in, which has resulted in an upsurge in litigation. Several unfathomable crimes are being committed in the country, aside from the usual political matters that have made litigations go on an alarming rise. 

“No Court in the land is spared of this litigation deluge, as it were. We are constantly on our toes and the dockets are ever increasing in response to the challenges of the time,” he said.

He told the newly appointed senior officers to always deliver the right judgments that will not be tainted by sentiments, emotions, or other clandestine considerations.

Justice Ariwoola said, the Judiciary has been treated to an unpalatable cocktail of misleading and conflicting judgments as well as frivolous interlocutory orders emanating from courts of coordinate jurisdictions, which have attempted to make a mockery of the judicial system and flagrantly desecrate the revered temple of justice.

“In the next couple of months, we shall be having two governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States, respectively. As usual, the Courts will be besieged with a Plethora of petitions. It is our statutory duty to hear all matters that come before us and adjudicate according to the laws of the land. We must not falter, and we must not tread the path of infamy.

Yes, indeed, we cannot please everyone through our actions and work, but with the right application of the law and the Constitution of the land, which we all have collectively pledged to uphold, we can go a long way to do those things that our conscience will be very proud of; and the generality of the Nigerian citizens will equally be happy about.

“As Judicial Officers, we have to continually remind Ourselves the fact that we are not occupying our respective positions to serve ourselves, but the Nigerian masses; and the best way we can serve them is by doing what will make them feel safe in our hands,” he said.

 The CJN after swearing in the 12 newly appointed Judges of the Federal High Court(FCT), charged them to discharge their judicial functions by the Constitution.

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