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Uduaghan Charges Judiciary on 2015 General Elections

Governor Emmnauel  Uduaghan of Delta State has said the nation’s judiciary  had a crucial role to play in  ensuring  that the  country remained  one indivisible entity  during and after the 2015 general election in  the face of the mounting political and security challenges.

Uduaghan, who stated this on Friday during a three-day development course for lawyers in the state ministry of justice, said a lot would be happening in the country from the pre- and post- election disputes that would be brought before the courts and tribunals for adjudication.
He urged lawyers to comply with the rules of legal practice as the judiciary was the last hope of the common man in the society and to bring stability to the political and security  challenges in the country.

Uduaghan who was represented by Chief- of- Staff, Government House, Chief Paulinus  Akpeki,  said the need to bring justice nearer to the people prompted the state to initiate the multi-door court concept to stave-off the usual high cost of litigation  that was inherent in the country’s criminal justice system .

Chief judge of Delta State and Commissioner of Justice , Charles Ajuyah  (SAN)  in his remarks  said  the legal profession  in Nigeria  had since 2007  recognised  the need  for each  legal practitioner  to be relevant to the society  not  just  as social engineer but  to be up-to -date  in the delivery  of quality  services  to their  clients  through development course.

He said  that  the over 250 legal officers in the ministry  had continually been reminded  that they should not see themselves as ‘underdogs’,  because  ‘they were bound  by the same rules of professional conduct  with private legal practitioners and they apply same law  in and out of  court  as other legal practitioners in private practice , hence the need for continuing development  programmes  to provide quality services  to the state.

Legal icons that presented papers during the programme were Fola Arthur Worrey, Chief T.J. Onomigbo (SAN) , Dr. Akpo Mudiaga Odje, Prof. Lanre Fagbohun, Prof. Epiphany Azinge (SAN) , Pro. Mike Ikhariale and Prof. Paul  Idornigie among others.

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