The Chief Judge of Ogun, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, on Wednesday granted amnesty to 21 inmates in five Nigeria Correctional Services as part of the effort to decongest the centres across the state.

The Chief Judge of Ogun, Mosunmola Dipeolu, on Monday swore-in Chief and Senior Magistrates, urging them to uphold the ethics of the profession and dispense justice without fear and favour.

Newsmen report that those appointed as Chief Magistrates were Awofeso Ireti-Olubatunde, Dipeolu Dehinde and Osinbajo Moriyike Oluwabunmi.

Shodeinde Ogooluwa Adekunle, Kolawole Ogunbowale and Solana Shodeinde Abayomi were also appointed as Senior Magistrates.

Mrs Dipeolu, while administering the oath of office on the six newly appointed Chief and Senior Magistrates at the state High Court in Kobape, said the appointment was imperative to ensure speedy dispensation of justice.

“I discovered that Ogun state Judiciary had a fast deteriorating Kwashiorkor scale in which we had only five Chief Magistrates in the entire judiciary in the state.

“This number was grossly insufficient to handle the fast rising number of civil and criminal matters that were strictly within the jurisdiction of Chief Magistrates.


“Hence, approaching the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, he granted approval to fill vacancies and employ within approved establishment positions and approved budgets,’’ she said.

She advised the newly appointed Chief and Senior Magistrates to resist the temptation of abusing judicial powers in the course of dispensing justice.

The Chief Judge noted that judicial officers had the constitutional duty to serve the nation competently, diligently, fairly, professionally and speedily.

She said their conduct must therefore be professional, noting that judicial officers must earn the trust, respect and confidence of the people they serve.

The Chief Judge also enjoined them to be honest in their dealings as well as be hardworking, diligent, time conscious, reliable and deal with citizens and litigants who appear before them with human face.

She further implored them not to be carried away with the enormous powers which various laws had conferred on them.

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