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Oyo State chief judge charges JPs on peace promotion

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The Chief Judge of Oyo State , Muktar Abimbola has advised Justices of Peace (JP) to always work to promote peace and unity.

He gave the advice when some members of the association, led by its National President, Elder Ayo Ojebode, paid him a visit in his office last week.

“A JP can also participate in community policing by supporting the police to ensure peace in  a community. As a  recognized law officer, he can also help in enforcing the laws,”he stated.

Justice Abimbola explained that the state laws provides that a Justice of Peace can only be appointed by the state governor under section 12 (11) of the state laws, if and when he finds them worthy of functioning in other areas of endeavour.

He stated that the Chief Justice of the state can also appoint a JP as a contractual Magistrate or Lay Magistrate, under section 7(4) of the state’s law.

He said members of the body can act as coroners for persons who died under disturbing circumstances. He said: “A JP also has to administer affidavits, writs of
summons and can also visit inmates and grant bail to minor offenders, who are deemed to be languishing in jail or being treated unfairly in incarceration.

However, the Chief Judge further explained that JPs do not have the power to approve the exhumation of a dead bodies in the state .

While thanking the Chief Judge for his support and understanding, the body’s national President, Elder Ojerinde, requested the CJ to help in seeing that the group is listed in the Federal Budgeting system, through the Federal Judicial Service Commission.

He also sought for the guidance of the state Chief Judge on national policy issues, to enable them be in the forefront of peace, social justice and human rights protection.


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