Retired Judges Begs Kogi Governor to Pay Their Gratuities

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Retired judges in Kogi state has called on Governor Yahaya Bello to pay gratuities and benefits accrued to them and relatives of deceased colleagues.

The immediate past Grand Kadi, Sharia Court of Appeal, Kogi state, Justice Kadi Zakariya Muhammad (rtd) made the call on Tuesday at a valedictory court session held in honour of deceased judicial officers at the High Court of Justice, Lokoja.

He noted that the payment will help to alleviate their suffering.

“His excellency should use his magnanimity to pay our gratuities. This would go a long way to reduce the hardship faced by retired judges and those that left their families behind after succumbing to death,” he begged.

Kadi Zakariya Muhammad was the Grand Kadi, Sharia Court of Appeal, Kogi State, between 2012-2018.

Also speaking, Justice Elias Adem Egwu (rtd) asked the judiciary to work on the jurisdiction of the Customary Court of Appeal.

According to him, it has been an issue that has lingered too long, stressing that their areas of jurisdiction should be spelt out in the state.

He, however, advised the judiciary to organize a seminar for Area Court judges, adding that there is need for legal practitioners to quickly pursue their cases in area courts.

Meanwhile, the Kogi State Judiciary has bid farewell to the late Chief Judge of the state, Justice Nasiru Ajanah.

At a valedictory court session, legal jurists took turns to eulogized the former CJ who died on Sunday, 28th June, 2020.

The court also honoured two other jurists, a former President, Customary Court of Appeal, Kogi State, Hon. Justice Ibrahim Atadoga Shaibu who passed on Sunday 21st June, 2020 and a former Judge, High Court of Justice, Kogi State, Hon. Justice Zaccheaus Owonibi who died on September 16, 2018.

In his farewell message, the Acting Chief Judge of Kogi State, Hon. Justice Henry Olusiyi described the deceased judges as men of great character who no doubt, have left indelible footprints on the sands of time.

“Although we are greatly pained by their exits, we, nonetheless, give thanks to God for the tines and seasons we spent together on this side of the great divine. It shall be well with every members of the families and all of us that they have left behind,” he said.

A book, ‘Compendium of Cases on Electronic Evidence’, written by Justice Alaba Omolaye Ajileye was unveiled in honour of late Justice Nasiru Ajanah.

Also, the newly built ICT center was named in honour of the late Chief Judge.

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