18th October, 2010
Five months after the approval for the establishment of the Akure Division wasÂ granted by the nationâ€™s apex judicial authorities, adjudicating activities tookÂ off today with the inaugural sitting of the appellate court.
Six criminal appeal cases were attended to during the first proceedings by theÂ three Justices posted to the division by the President of the Court of Appeal,Â Justice Ayo Salami.
They are the Presiding Justice, N. S. Ngwuta as well as Justices C.E. IyizobaÂ and M.A.A. Adumein.
In his speech before the commencement of proceedings, Justice Ngwuta remarkedÂ that the taking off of the Akure division of the court was clearly in theÂ fulfilment of the aspiration of the people of the state to further bring theÂ administration of justice nearer to the people.
According to him, â€œI want to warn that in fulfilment of every desire, there isÂ an obligation created. It is our duty to lay proper foundation for the newÂ Court of Appeal division in the state, but to do that better, we seek theÂ co-operation between the bench and bar.
â€œIt is going to be joint responsibility, I urge you to be diligent inÂ your work, you should not file frivolous petitions and applications.
Moreover, beÂ honest in your dealings and in doing that, you owe the court a higherÂ dutyâ€ the presiding justice stated.
In his remarks, the Ondo State Attorney General and Commissioner forÂ Justice, Mr Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) expressed the gratitude to both theÂ Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Alloysius Katsina-Alu andÂ Salami for the historic occasionÂ saying that the challenges inherent in putting in place the necessary thingsÂ would soon be surmounted.