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Sanwo-Olu appoints acting chief judge

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu will sworn-in Justice Kazeem Alogba as the acting chief judge of the state on Thursday, June 13, following the exit of Justice Opeyemi Oke, who is retiring from the state judiciary after statutory years of service.

The outgoing Justice Oke’s tenure ends today.

Sanwo-Olu approved the nomination of Justice Alogba, who is the most senior judge in line, to preside over the state judiciary in an acting capacity, pending the approval of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and confirmation by the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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In a statement, Sanwo-Olu said Alogba’s appointment would take effect from Tuesday, June 11, noting that the appointment of the acting chief judge was necessary to prevent a vacuum in the state judiciary.

The statement reads: “In accordance with Section 271 (1) and (4) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), His Excellency Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State has appointed Honourable Justice Kazeem O. Alogba as the 17th Chief Judge of the statewith effect from Tuesday 11th June 2019, in acting capacity.

“Prior to his appointment, Justice Alogba was the most senior of the 58 Justices in the state judiciary, who was next to the outgoing Chief Judge, and had chaired the Committee on the review of the High Court Civil Procedure Rules, which culminated in the new High Court of Lagos (Civil Procedure) Rules of 2019 that came into force on 31 January 2019.”

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