The Chief Justice of Ogun State, Hon. Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu has reiterated that the newly commissioned Magistrates’ court at Idi-Oke, Igbesa land in Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of the state will complement the state judiciary’s effort in bringing justice closer to its people.
Hon. Mosunmola made this known on Monday while she was commissioning the newly built and furnished Magistrates’ court by the Olu of Idioke, HRM Oba Saheed Falohun Odusanya to mark the monarch’s four years since ascension to the throne of his forebears.
Oba Saheed Odusanya, while welcoming the Chief Justice in an atmosphere characterized by slightly heavy shower on Monday afternoon said, he felt so honoured to have the Honourable Justice join the community to celebrate a ‘landmark achievement’.
He said that the event is an epoch making one, which would sink in the mind of Idi-Oke and Igbesa people for having a court close to their doorsteps.
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He said apart from the Magistrates’ court which was built and handed over to the state judiciary on Monday, the community would also witness yet another landmark in its economy as the newly constructed complex of Oba Falohun market would be ready for commissioning on Tuesday, 23rd of June, 2020.
The Chief Magistrate’s, in her keynote address shortly before she commissioned the court complex said that her administration had ‘set out a seven (7) point agenda that bothers on the decongestion of the correctional facilities as well as bringing the courts closer to the good people and residents of Ogun state’.
She commended Oba Saheed Odusanya and the good people of Idi-Oke for their efforts in bringing justice closer to the people. “While lauding the steps taken by HRM Oba Odusanya and the good people of Idi-Oke, I again wish to reiterate the fact that this administration appreciates donor communities who appreciate the importance of having courts within their communities to avert resort to self-help and in a bid to bring justice closer to the people”.
Justice Dipeolu, however, urged all stakeholders to cooperate with the state judiciary in administering justice. She highlighted some of the new innovations which her administration has embarked on to ‘keep the wheel of justice moving’ as thus; ‘Small Claims Court, Bondsmen Regulations and Practice Directions which was signed last week’, among others.
The Chief Justice said that ‘having more courts evenly and geographically spread out will further reduce the incidents of litigants having to travel long miles to get to the nearest court’. Adding that the newly commissioned court will help in decongesting the correctional centres and in turn, bring justice closer to the people.
The event was graced by the creme the la creme in Ogun state judiciary, political office holders, traditional as well as religious leaders from far and near; some of whom were; two time Ogun state House of Assembly member, and a serving Commissioner, Ogun State Judicial Service Commission, Hon. Aina Akinpelu, the Oloto of Oto-Awori, HRM Oba Josiah Olanrewaju Ilemobade Aina, Chief Imam of Igbesa land, Alhaji Muhammadu Lawal, among several others.