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Osinbajo, Olanipekun, Judges, Others Harp on Justice Reforms ▷ Nigeria news

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  • A retired Supreme Court Justice has recalled how VP Osinbajo defeated corruption in Lagos judiciary
  • The respected jurist was speaking at a justice summit organised by Wole Olanipekun & Co to celebrate Chief Wole Olanipekun 70th birthday
  • Former NBA President, Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana also hailed Osinbajo’s contributions to judicial reforms in Nigeria

LagosIt was a gathering of jurists and eminent lawyers from across the country and the focus was on justice reforms, as they all discussed with the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, and Chief Wole Olanipekun who was celebrating his 70th birthday in Lagos on Friday, November 19.

The forum was the second justice summit organised by Wole Olanipekun & Co, one of Nigeria’s foremost law firms.

VP Osinbajo exchanging pleasantries with Chief Olanipekun, at the event.
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Speaking on the importance of integrity of the legal process and its key actors, judges, and lawyers, VP Osinbajo said:

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“Most of us who are here and have practiced in our courts and who still practice know, at least anecdotally, that many important cases today are under a shroud of doubt as to whether the outcomes would be influenced one way or the other.

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“Regarding delays in Nigerian courts, the UK Court of Appeal had occasion to comment in the case of IPCO and NNPC in 2015, where a challenge to the enforcement of a Nigerian seated arbitration tribunal award came before an English Court of Appeal. 

“The Court of Appeal referred to the delays in the parallel proceedings in a Nigerian court as catastrophic and that it would take a further 30years to resolve.”

Highlighting the implementation of justice sector reforms in the country, speakers at the summit identified judicial autonomy and integrity of relevant stakeholders, among other factors, as critical elements of the reform process.

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Recalling Prof. Osinbajo’s tenure as Lagos State Attorney General, Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN said, the VP’s effort at the time transformed the system in the state, but noted that more work needs to be done in the Customary Courts.

Falana called for the reorganisation of the National Judicial Council and the Judicial Service Commission, as well as the adoption of alternative dispute resolution in addressing disagreement between and among parties.

Praising the work done by the VP as Lagos State Attorney General, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Hon. Justice Paul Galumje, said:

“The vice president when he was Attorney General in Lagos, did abracadabra, and corruption in Lagos crumbled.”

He urged Osinbajo to support the actualization of autonomy of the judiciary, stating that justice sector reforms and all other issues would be addressed if the judiciary gets its independence.

He also recommended the adoption of technology and other models of court practices from other parts of the world, to address challenges faced by judges and the system in Nigeria, noting that it would be a step in the right direction.

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In the same vein, former NBA President, Mr. Abubakar Mahmoud praised Osinbajo’s support for the judiciary, saying:

“You have been a strong pillar of the judiciary in this country. We know that when you get the chance you are going to do more about the much-needed justice sector reforms.”

Referring to the reforms initiated by the VP as Lagos State Attorney-General that transformed the State judiciary, Mrs. Funke Adekoya said more efforts would be needed by stakeholders to sustain the gains recorded at the time.

She said the adoption of technology and other innovations would help in the speedy dispensation of cases and many other court processes.

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Meanwhile, VP Osinbajo on Monday, November 15 formally declare the 2021 Biennial All Nigeria Judges Conference.

Speaking at the event, Osinbajo noted that the Buhari administration remains committed towards supportive measures that will provide ease in case management, and enhanced welfare of judicial officers.

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He said the measures are aimed at standardising Nigerian courts, safeguarding the integrity of the judiciary, and attracting the best of legal minds to the bench.

Governor Fayemi describes VP Osinbajo as a huge bridge builder

Recall that the governor of Ekiti state and chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Dr. Kayode Fayemi, recently described Osinbajo as a “huge bridge builder,” and a leader worthy of emulation.

Fayemi made the comment on Thursday, October 14 in Ado-Ekiti where Osinbajo was a special guest of honour at the Ekiti State Economic Development and Investment Summit, saying:

“We have for a VP someone who is a huge bridge-builder, someone who is able…he’s got shock absorbers to withstand the pressures from the states.”

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