Ogene Swears In Customary Courts’ Presidents, Members, Warns Against Corruption

BY ANDY AKENI
FIFTEEN Presidents and 14 members of Area and District Customary Courts were, yesterday, sworn-in into the Delta State Judiciary with the President of the state Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Stella Ogene warning members that corruption has no place in the dispensation of justice in the Judiciary but should embrace the fear of God in the discharge of their duty.
While conducting the swearing-in ceremony at Asaba, Justice Ogene warned, “any Area or District Customary Court President or member who engages in delay of justice or does not sit daily or allows cases to pile up unduly or sits on any matter or engages in corrupt practices, will amount to termination of his or her appointment”.
Justice Ogene also warned that none of them should take bribe and engage in acts that will result in the miscarriage of justice, thereby tarnishing the image of the judiciary as such behaviour will attract severe sanctions.
I wish to remind you today that you are now priests in the temple of justice and your appointments carry with them immense responsibilities requiring trust, confidentialilty, wisdom, industry, diligence, patience, painstaking, self discipline and moreover, the fear of God, she said.
Justice Ogene, who quoted from books of Socrates, maintained that a judge has four things to hold on to, and that is to hear courteously, to answer wisely, to consider soberly and to decide impartially.
She advised the new appointees to adhere strictly to the code of conduct for judicial officers and be conversant with the culture of the people of their area of jurisdiction and to be honest, incorruptible and fearless, not adding or subtracting from evidence of parties before the court.
While congratulating the appointees for their call to duty, she challenged them to work hard and contribute to uplift the dispensation of justice in society.
Responding on behalf of other appointees, Barrister Okeri Efe, thanked all those who made their appointments possible and promised on behalf of her colleagues to put in their best.
Present during the ceremony were the state Chief Judge, Justice Marshall Umukoro, judges and well-wishers of the appointees.