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Lagos gets 13 additional judges

The Lagos State Government on Thursday swore in 13 new high court judges and charged them to dispense justice without fear or favour while upholding Nigeria’s constitution in all circumstances.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu gave the charge after the judges took the oath of office at the Government House, Alausa, Ikeja.

The governor congratulated the judges and said that they should be dedicated to justice administration.

NAN reports that the 13 judges brought to 37, the number of judges so far sworn in by Sanwo-Olu’s administration.

“This week is all about the judiciary—from the just-concluded summit to the swearing-in of 13 outstanding judges. This swearing-in is not just a formality, it is a testimony to the fact that Lagos State has the best judicial system.

“Lagos State Judiciary cannot afford to rest on its oars. We need to diligently ensure that we benchmark ourselves with the best global practices, and I believe we are on the right track,” he said.

The governor said that his administration had earlier appointed 24 judges.

“We thank the chief justice for raising the bar. As I was told, about 10 or 13 of the judges are graduates of our own Lagos State University. This has proven that Lagos is truly a state of excellence. Also, the Badagry Division has a good number here, none of our cities will be left behind,” he said.

He appealed to the families and friends of the new judges not to put any pressure on them but to allow them to work according to the tenets of the law.

“I want to believe you are happy for them as their families and friends. This job comes with a lot of pressure. Please do not add to it. Do not interfere in judicial matters and processes. To the new judges, ensure that you showcase your brilliance. I wish you the best,” the governor said

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