The 2017/ 18 Legal Year has commenced in Ondo State with a Church Service to which the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, led members of the State Executive Council to attend.

The State Governor who read the fist lesson at the service from the book of Deutronomy 16: 18-20 expressed confidence, that in no distant future, Nigeria will be proud of having a judiciary with integrity.

Governor Akeredolu expressed confidence that the country has a judiciary with leaders that will deliver on the desires of the people consequent upon some landmark developments in the sector.

In his sermon titled “Wanted in the Judiciary: Men and Women of high Integrity”, Bishop of IdoAni Anglican  Diocese, Rt Revd.  Ezekiel Dahunsi cautioned legal practitioners in the country against all forms of corruption for Nigeria to be a better society.

The Bishop decried the roles of some lawyers handling fraud cases where most of their clients usually seek permissions to travel out for minor medical conditions in an apparent bid to delay justice.

He pleaded with governments to always appoint people whose character is devoid of any form of blemish into the judiciary.

“People of integrity, not purchasable, those who are not bribe takers must be appointed to occupy the posts of judges so that the lost glory of the judiciary can be fully restored”, he appealed.

Bishop Dahunsi who warned against judicial irresponsibilities, said that all must strive hard to ensure that the lost glory of the judiciary in Nigeria is completely restored.

He stressed that God is interested in the way justice is being dispensed in all communities, hence the need for them to exhibit the fear of God in all their undertakings.

Rt. Revd. Dahunsi, appealed to the Ondo State Governor to support the judiciary with adequate funding, provide good accommodation for judges and ensure that they are well remunerated, as a of preventing bribe taking.

The Cleric also admonished the Acting Chief Judge of the State, Justice Olutoyin Akeredolu, to ensure that every fund released to the judiciary, is transparently and accountably spent for the enhancement of the judicial sector.

Describing the judiciary as the last hope of the common men, Bishop Dahunsi enjoined members of the bench and bar to be just and steer clear of whatever that could soil their reputations.

Dignitaries are the church service include: the Deputy Governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi; Deputy Speaker Ondo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ogundeji Iroju; Secretary to the State Government, Hon Ifedayo Abegunde; Head of Service, Oluwatoyin  Akinkuotu, Esq.; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale; Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Adekola Olawoye, Esq and the Honourable Commissioner for Finance, Mr Wale Akinterinwa.

Others are the Honourable Commissioner for Commerce, Industries & Cooperatives, Otunba Timilehin Adelegbe; Honourable Commissioner for Information & Orientation, Mr Yemi Olowolabi; Honourable Commissioner for Natural Resources, Hon Rasheed Badmus;  Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Otunba Gboyega Adefarati; Honourable Commissioner for Local Government & Chieftaincy Affairs, Deaconess Lola Fagbemi and the Honourable Commissioner for Lands & Housing, Mr Donald Ojogo.

Also at the service were the Special Adviser on Rural & Community Development, Rt. Hon. Victor Olabimtan; Special Adviser on Union Matters, Mr Alaba Isijola; Special Adviser on Education, Dr. Olawunmi Ilawole; Special Adviser on Public Utilities, Engineer Tunji Ariyomo and the immediate past Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice in Ondo State, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN.

Others personalities are: the Commissioner of Police, Ondo State Command, Mr. Gbenga Adeyanju;  Controller of Prisons,  Ondo State Command,SD Kinane, Esq. and the Ondo State Commandant of Nigeria Security and Defence Corps, Commandant Pedro Awili Ideba.

The Traditional Rulers who were in attendance include: the Deji of Akure Kingdom, Oba Ogunlade Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo;  the Ogbolu of Itaogbolu, Oba Idowu Faborode; the Ojumoluda of Ijebu Owo, Oba Kofoworola Ojomo; the Oloba of Usoland, Oba Ademola Oyinlade.

The Church service which was attended by the Judges in Ondo State Judiciary, and lawyers in public and private practice in the state was conducted by nine Bishops in the Dioceses of the Anglican Communion in Ondo State.