Archbishop Joseph Akinfenwa, the archbishop of Ibadan province of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion has called on the judiciary to help President Mohammadu Buhari in building a new Nigeria by ensuring fair-hearing and quick dispensation of justice.
Bishop Akinfenwa made the call while delivering a sermon on the service of 2015/2016 new legal year held at the main auditorium of the St James’ Cathedral Church, Oke Bola, Ibadan, Oyo state.
The man of God noted that God had been so kind to this nation by helping us in conducting general elections that was peaceful and even allowing power shift from the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC at the centre.
According to Akinfenwa “The slogan of the President Buhari is ‘Change’. I sincerely believe that all hands must be on deck to assist Mr. President to achieve the change, particularly the judiciary. Both judges and lawyers in the new legal year must be concerned about quick and speedy dispensation of justice.
“Judiciary must assert itself as an independent arm of government by promoting justice, defending the less privileged in our society and standing against injustice.
“Our judges should be bold to deliver sound judgements, deliver same against the powerful people when necessary. They should be very bold to discharge those arrested and remanded in prisons on minor offences that had spent more than years they would have spent as jail term if they were found guilty of the offences.
“On the part of the lawyers, you should assist in quick dispensation of justice. You should stop delaying the speedy trial of cases. Some of you who are experts in seeking adjournments should desist for the sake of helping in building the new Nigeria. God will help us all.”
The governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi said his administration was making frantic efforts to decongest prisons. Ajimobi who was spoke through his deputy, Otunba Moses Alake Adeyemo noted that the executive also had sponsored a bill in the State House of Assembly to reduce the ministry from 23 to 13 in line with the President Buhari’s and APC’s slogan of ‘change”.
The Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Muktaru Oladipo Abimbola later inspected the guard of honour mounted by the policemen at the ring road court premises.

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