Edo Abolishes Customary Court Of Appeal
The Edo State Government has finally abolished the Customary Court of Appeal in the state with the swearing in yesterday of five former judges of the Court as Judges of the State High Court.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole, while swearing in Hon. Justices Mary Nekpen Asemota, Timothy Ukpebor Oboh, Peter Akhihiero, Ohimai Ovbiagele and Osaretin Stella Uwuigbe said, “the judges that have just been sworn in are not new on the bench. It is more of a formality because they have been serving the state as judges at the Customary Court of Appeal which has now been abolished, and with the approval of the National Judicial Council, my Lord, the five judges of the Edo State Customary Court of Appeal have now been formally reunited with their brothers in the Edo State bench.
“The right of appeal is guaranteed, except that the Chief Judge of the State will have the right and duties to empanel judges as he deems fit and as the occasion may demand, to hear cases that may arise from decisions of Presidents of Customary Courts. So, access to appeal has not been abolished.
It is guaranteed and therefore, those who might wish to suggest that we have abolished the right of appeal should know that those rights are very well preserved and they will be guarded jealously.”
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