The Chairman of Eti-Osa Lawyers Forum (ELF), Mr. Adewale Sanni has commended the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba for the creation of Eti-Osa and Yaba/Surulere judicial divisions of the court.

In a statement made available to CITY LAWYER, Sanni, a senior lawyer, also thanked the Judiciary for actively engaging the Forum towards creating the new divisions.

The Bar activist dedicated the emergence of the new judicial division to the deceased Founding Secretary of the Forum, Mr. Abioye Akerele, saying that he “worked tirelessly for this before fate played a fast one on him.”

He also urged the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to consolidate on the creation of an Eti-Osa Branch of the body following the latest development.

His words: “We thank the CJ for the announcement of the Creation of Eti-Osa Judicial Division which is the culmination of our various visits and representation to the Honourable CJ since the first visit by the Executive and members of Eti-Osa Lawyers Forum (ELF) through the last meeting during the Bar and Bench Forum in October last year where the National Officers present also lent their voices to the request.

“From the beginning, the Honourable CJ had always expressed unflinching commitment to bringing justice to the door steps of Lagosians. He however insisted that the urgency of our request must be balanced with the necessary infrastructure and personnel which must be put in place and tested to run well before announcing the creation. I suppose this is why it’s happening now.

“We are also grateful to the NBA National Secretary, the Third Vice President and other National Officers who were present with us in October last, and who emphasised the need for the CJ’s announcement as a precursor to the creation of NBA Eti-Osa and Yaba/Surulere which everyone agreed was long overdue.

“We thank the Honourable CJ, the Chief Registrar and the entire Judiciary for their commitment, and especially for the courtesies of active and continuous official engagement with us, Eti-Osa Lawyers’ Forum, as if we were already a Branch.

“I personally dedicate this to the memory of our friend, colleague, co-visionary and Founding Secretary of ELF, Late Mr. Abioye Akerele who worked tirelessly for this before fate played a fast one on him. It is also dedicated to all committed members whose ideas, time and resources have been the staying power of the Forum

“The ball is now in the court of the National leadership of the NBA regarding our pending application, and I am convinced that the rest will be a matter of time.

“I urge all lawyers within jurisdiction to further identify and come together for us to rally the new Branch to be created and grow it together with shared vision.”

CITY LAWYER recalls that the Chief Registrar of the Lagos State Judiciary Tajudeen Elias had in a notice dated 10th January, 2024 announced the creation of the Eti-Osa and Yaba/Surulere judicial divisions, saying this was in line with Section 51(1) of the High Court of Lagos State Law 2015. 

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