Don’t Misinterprete The Law –CJ

BY ANDY AKENI
AMIDST encomiums on him, retiring Delta State Chief Judge, Justice Zai-laye Abiodun Smith, has cautioned legal practitioners in the country against the danger of misinterpreting the law in favour of anybody, saying “you must be firm, fair and courageous in discharging your duties as lawyers in order to dispense justice to all before the law.”
Justice Smith cautioned legal practitioners while speaking to newsmen at a party put together to honour him by members
of the Asaba Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, held in the state capital, Asaba.
According to him “if you obey the rule of law, society will be a better place for all of us; conflicts only come when people go against the law, it is important for all, particularly ministers in the corridors of justice.”
Justice Smith, who was accompanied by his wife, Mary, thanked members of the Asaba NBA for honouring him, and charged them to be hardworking noting that it is only hard work that can take them to the apex of their profession.
“I urge you not to break the law or interpret it wrongly to favour anyone but you must be firm and be courageous so that you can do justice to all persons before the law”, he advised them.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Asaba Branch of NBA, Barrister
Gene Mowah, and other members including Barristers Andrew Odum, Chukwuma Oseyenim, Chike Onyemenam, Mrs. Josephine Kachukwu, and many others, showered encomiums
on him, saying he is a perfect gentleman who has used his position to enhance the growth of the legal profession.
In his words, Barrister Mowah said “in organizing this party, we have in mind to celebrate the retiring Chief Judge, he has done a lot as a Bar man, we are doing this to honour and appreciate him for being a worthy reference to the legal profession.”