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The Federation of Oyo State Students’ Union, understand the leadership of Comrade Ibrahim Alarape has described the appointment of Justice Ariwoola Olukayode as timely and merited.

In a statement made available to our Oduduwa News by the Public Relations Officer of the Union, Comrade Jonathan Ajayi felicitated with Justice Ariwoola and commended his contribution to the delivery of justice in the country.

Full Statement read:


As a Union, we make bold to say that the appointment of Justice Ariwoola by President Muhammadu Buhari to serve in the Acting Capacity of a CJN is a testament to the fact that merit and success are inseparable allies.

The Leadership of the Federation of Oyo State Students’ Union ( FOSSU NATIONAL ) felicitate Justice kayode Ariwoola SAN and importantly laud his efforts and dedication to the course of the Nation on legitimate jurisdictional matters which, of course, now earned him the position he just attained to further direct the judicial affairs of the nation, competently.

Furthermore, we have no doubt that The Acting CJN, who is a model of fairness and integrity in jury matters and an upholder of the rule of law will bring to table his lofty ideas and the experience he has garnered in the practice of Law for the immediate transformation of our National Judiciary Arm.

We wish the competent Jurist the office comfort he needs to build a formidable structure that in turn, will revitalize, rejuvenate the Judiciary arm.

We genuinely pray that God lead him to success in the new position He has placed him.

Sen. Ibrahim A. ALARAPE

Com. Jonathan Oyekunle AJAYI

27th June, 2022″

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PHOTOS: Governor Makinde Swears-in 5 Judges

The executive Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Oluseyi Makinde on Tuesday sworn in 5 Judges, following judges were appointed to the High Court; Olusola Adebisi Adetujoye, Beatrice Folabimpe Segun-Olakojo, Prof. Elijah Taiwo Adewale and Kareem Adeyimika Adedokun. While Olubukola Omolayo Ajadi was appointed to the Customary Court of Appeal

In Governor’s remark, he restated that his administration would not interfere in the affairs of the judiciary, while he wished them well in the discharge of their duties.

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Makinde Approves Appointment Of 5 Judicial Officers, Flags Off New Legal Year

He maintained that the government is standardizing the selection and recruitment process in the judiciary to sanitize the sector, adding that Oyo State House of Assembly has already approved the appointment of Justice Moshood Abass as the President of the Customary Court of Appeal.

He explained that judiciary will be getting unprecedented capital budget inflow in the 2022 Budget, as an additional N6 billion capital projects has been included in the budget.

He said: “It, indeed, gives me great pleasure to be here with you today to kickstart the 2021/2022 Legal Year. The beginning of a new Legal Year, which comes after the usual annual vacation in the judiciary is a refreshing time that affords Your Lordships and all stakeholders in the sector to re-calibrate and pitch for higher heights of service delivery for our people.

“Let me start by commending the Judiciary in Oyo State for standing firmly with us in the actualization of the judiciary sector version of the Roadmap for Accelerated Development of Oyo State, 2019-2023, our governance template, which encapsulates welfare for serving and retired judicial officers and workers, and a reform agenda that seeks to place the sector in position of excellence in the service of the people of Oyo State.

“I am therefore pleased to inform this gathering that this administration has approved and started implementing welfare packages for justices both serving and retired, through the revised pension and gratuities scheme meant to take care of all justices.

“Equally, I am pleased to intimate this gathering that the state has secured the approval for the appointment of five judicial officers, four of whom are for the High Court, while one is for the Customary Court of Appeal. They all came through a meritorious process of examination and interviews supervised by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) of Oyo State.

“Let me reiterate that this process will not only be sustained, I affirm that it has come to stay as this will ensure that every qualified person of Oyo State origin can aspire to the highest position in the judiciary, while helping to maintain the independence of judiciary.

“We are standardizing the selection and recruitment process in this arm of the judiciary as part of our reforms aimed at taking out the rot in the sector.”

He also disclosed that that judiciary sector will be getting unprecedented capital budget inflow in the 2022 budget, adding that an additional N6 billion in capital project funding has been included in the budget.

He said :”With that, we will be completing the New Court in Ring Road; the Iyaganku Customary Court, other JSC structures and the Olomi Prisons.

“This administration is not about to drop the ball in its avowed commitment to the welfare of judges and stakeholders in the judiciary sector in general. The government has been buying vehicles for judicial officers of the High Court, it also intends to buy vehicles for the new judges and members of the Judicial Service Commission.”

The governor stated that the state will continue to initiate reform policies that would enhance e- governance procedures in the state.

He added: “Just as we are doing that, we are also not losing sight of the need to reform the sector and bequeath to our state a judiciary worthy of the dreams of our forefathers.

“In that light, we are putting measures in place to accommodate e-filing and enhance online/virtual processes in the Judiciary.

“I cannot end this address without acknowledging the harmonious relationship between the judiciary and the Government of Oyo State. We have your Lordships to praise for this. We are especially thankful that the judiciary maintained its usual calm even in the face of the challenges that plagued the selection of judges that have now been approved by the National Judicial Council (NJC).”

In his sermon, the Lord Bishop of Ibadan Diocese, the Most Rev’d Dr. Joseph Akinfenwa, admonished Nigerians to always put hope in God at all times despite the prevailing challenges of economic hardship, security tension and experiences of hopelessness across the country.

He equally appealed to the Oyo State Government to reaffirm its stance of nobility and justice by returning missionary schools to their original owners.

On the governor’s entourage were the Deputy Chief of Staff, Abdulmojeed Mogbonjubola, DG, Due Process, Ms Tara Adefope, Special Adviser on Media, Jide AJANI, Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa,S. A (Legal Matters),Barr. Ifedolapo,Ologburo among others.

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