• Urges Him to Lift the Bar of Stewardship, Justice, Fairness, Law and Order in the State
Kogi State Government has approved the appointment of Hon. Justice Richard Olorunju Olorunfemi as the Acting Chief Judge of the State.
Deputy Governor, Chief (Dr.) Edward Onoja preformed the Swearing-in Function in persuance to Section 271, sub-sections 4 and 5 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) on behalf of the Governor, His Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Bello at the State Government House in Lokoja on Friday.
Recall that Hon. Olorunfemi’s appointment in Acting capacity follows the retirement of Hon. Justice Sunday Omeiza Otu on Thursday, 25th March, 2021.
In his remark on behalf of the Governor, Chief Onoja who congratulated the Kogi Chief Judge on his new elevation, charged him to raise the standard of the Judiciary in line with his Oaths of Office and Allegiance, as well as the resolve of Governor Bello to foster the people’s trust on the Legal Arm.
“I congratulate Hon. Justice Richard Olorunju Olorunfemi as the Acting Chief Judge of our dear State. I also wish to congratulate his family, friends, family and well wishers on his elevation.
“Kogi State remains one of the few states in the country that has consistently maintained the smooth and seamless exit and entrance of Heads of Courts in the last 5 years when I assumed Office as the Executive Governor. It is my believe that this pattern is the way to go as it negates the existence of bottlenecks, disagreements, legal tussles as it is seen in other states.
“Indeed, our searchlight which beams on capacity, experience, professionalism, character, integrity and common sense has ensured the stability of the Judiciary and helped it to deliver on its mandate to the people of Kogi State.
“As you assume Office as Acting Chief Judge, I admonish you to leverage your twenty-six years as a Judge of the High Court and many years in Public Service by raising the bar of leadership and ensure our Judiciary stands taller in the comity of states judiciaries across the country,” he added.
The Governor who acknowledged his believe in the Acting Chief Judge to steer the Judiciary on grounds of service, faithfulness, loyalty and honesty, charged him to execute his exalted office in fairness, justice, law and order. He prayed God to grant him health, guaidiance and wisdom to discharge his duties in his new capacity.
In his vote of thanks, Hon. Justice Richard Olorunfemi whilst thanking God for his elevation, lauded the genuine efforts of Governor Bello aimed at promoting cordial relationship and mutual respect amongst the 3 Arms of Government, which he said were precursors for the growth being enjoyed in the State. He stated that the Kogi State Judiciary stands tall in respects to honour, integrity, transperancy and candour, and appealed for more synergy. He gave his assurance to bringing his experience into play in charting the course of the Judiciary as Chief Judge to greater heights.
Hon. Justice Richard Olorunfemi was born on 26th June, 1957. He obtained his L.LB from the prestigious University of Lagos, Akoka, attended the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1983. He has attended various workshops and seminars within and outside the country and is happily-married with children.
In attendance were the immediate-past Chief Judge of Kogi State and his predecessor, Grand Khadi, Kogi State Sharia Court of Appeal, President, Customary Court of Appeal, Representative of the Kogi State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Honourable Khadis and Judges of the Sharia and Customary Courts of Appeal, representatives of the Nigerian Bar Association, Secretary to the Kogi State Government, the Kogi State Head of Service, Deputy Chief of Staff, Members of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Commissioners and Security Officers.
Others were SAs, SSAs, Legal Luminaries drawn from the Bar and Bench, traditional, religious and political leaders, amongst family, friends and other notable guests.
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