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Lalong mourns ex-Plateau Chief Judge Dakyen



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Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong has described former chief judge of the state, late Justice Lazarus Dakyen, as a jurist per excellence.
Lalong made the assertion during the valedictory session in honour of Dakyen in Jos on Friday.
He said:“The valedictorysession is one of mixed feelings because we are celebrating the memory of a life well spent in judicial service on the one hand, and on the other, the painful exit of late Justice Chuatmil Dakyen, the former chief judge of Plateau State, whom we all would have wished that life blesses us with his presence the more,so we can reap greater harvest from a deeper understanding of the convictions that made him live an exemplary life as a judge.
“I know that upon his exit from service, those of us who were present at his retirement valedictory session had a lot to say about the life of this jurist of repute, who stands in the history of present Plateau State as the longest serving chief judge and the second longest servicingjudge in the history of the old Benue-Plateau State.”
He noted that for a man whose passion for the dispensation of justice saw him passionately pursuing a career in Law after his initial engagement in the core civil service, there was certainly a lot to learn from his journey of about four decades in the temple of justice.“The celebration of the qualities and core values of a judicial officer which was lived in public service to the nation and to humanity, is the essence of a valedictory session and the extent to which this has been well lived remains the size of the bouquet placed in his honour when testimonies are shared,” the governor enthused.
He added that the late Justice Dakyen was a jurist per excellence who exemplified the above-mentioned qualities in his life as a judge.
“He was a colossus of quintessential essence, and an indefatigable judge who expanded the frontiers of criminal and civil jurisprudence with the over four decades of his service in the judiciary which began in 1972 and culminated with his leadership of the third arm of government as the state chief judge.
“He held forth as the chief judge of Plateau State from 2004 t- 2014 and this length of time could not have been possible except for the spoken and unspoken acceptance by all who have worked with him and the National Judicial Council, of his record of service conforming excellently with the code of conduct for Judicial Officers as expounded in the principle of judicial conduct and Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,”Lalong added.

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