30th July, 2010
There are indications that the Lagos State Government may have approved the appointment of seven new judges into the state judiciary.
The Chief Judge of Lagos, Justice Inumidun Akande, gave this hint yesterday when the new Head of Service, Prince Adesegun Ogunleye paid her a courtesy visit.
While enumerating the staff strength of the state judiciary to the HOS, the chief judge hinted that additional seven judges have been appointed,Â bringing the number of judges in the state to 56.
Although she did not disclose the names of the new judges, she, however, said that they will be fully engaged by August when the judiciary resumes from its ongoing vacation.
Officials of the judiciary were unwilling to disclose the names of the judges to our reporter, as according to them, the information is yet to be formally announced.
P.M.NEWS findings, however, revealed that only two of the seven new judges were appointed from within the judiciary.
Meanwhile, the Chief Judge has demanded for a better welfare package for judiciary workers in the state.
She told the HOS, Prince Ogunleye, who was on a courtesy visit to her office, that civil servants working in the state judiciary are discriminated against as they are deniedÂ benefits their counterparts in other arms ofÂ government enjoy.