Lagos State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) yesterday commissioned a fourstorey, newly-built Magistrate Court complex in Ogba.
The edificial court complex with 22 courtrooms was named after a former Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Samuel ilori. Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Fashola said the court will create a conducive environment for the dispensation of justice and for judicial staff to be at their professional best.
Fashola explained that the location of such facilities like courts has a key role to play in maintaining law and order in the society.
In naming the court complex after Hon. Justice Samuel Ilori, the governor said it has become the tradition of his administration to honor those who have served conscientiously in judicial capacities and whose past labors have made endeavors of today possible. He said Justice Ilori is the first former Chief Judge to be honored while still alive.
Earlier, Lagos State Chief Judge, Olunfunmilayo Atilade, thanked the governor for the new building and the renovation of old ones. Atilade, commended Governor Fashola for the level of cooperation he has extended to the Judiciary especially in providing a conducive atmosphere for judges and magistrate to perform their duties.
She also implored all members of staff of the judiciary to work in accordance with the law and eschew corruption.
The honoree, Justice Ilori, regaled his audience with the historical journey of the new court complex location, saying, he got the location of the new facility while he was the Lagos State Chief Judge and needed more courts for judges.
The event was attended by members of the State Executive Council including the Lagos State Deputy Governor,Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire; Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye; Lagos State Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Mr. Lawal Pedro (SAN).