28th May, 2013
The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola Tuesday administered the oath of office on six newly appointed judges in the state.
The new judges are Ms Folashade Bankole-Oki, Mr Michael Savage, Mrs Sedotan Ogunsanya, Mr Wasiu Animahun, Mrs Oyindamola Ogala and Mr Ganiyu Safari.
Their appointment which has been confirmed by the National Judicial Council, brings to 56, the number of judges in the state. Forty of the judges are female while only 16 are male.
Administering the oath of office on the six new judges, Fashola charged them to be upright and fearless in the discharge of their duties as judges in the state.
Fashola said that the increasing cases of crime in the state necessitated the need to appoint new judges in the state for efficient dispensation of justice in the state.
He said that the appointment of the new judges is a demonstration of his administration’s commitment to law and order in the state.
Fashola lamented a situation where impunity has become the order of the day in the country as as looters and electoral crimes go unpunished.
He charged the new judges to use their offices to bring hope to citizens of the state.
The governor also reiterated his commitment to the rule of law in the state.
“This administration’s commitment to law and order remains unflinching. We will continue to ensure that the growing cases of crime in the state is tackled by every legal means,” he said.
Expressing gratitude to the governor for finding them worthy of the new appointment, one of the newly appointed judges, Ms Folashade Bankole-Oki said they will dispense justice without fear of favour.
She assured the governor that they will ensure that the good reputation for which the state judiciary is known will not be tarnished.