The Lagos State Customary Court bench received a boost in its workforce on Tuesday as 18 new presidents and six members were added.

The 24 new judicial officers, who took their oath of office in the courtroom of the Chief Judge of Lagos State at the state high court in Ikeja, were charged to commit themselves to study so as to deepen their knowledge of the native law and custom.

The Chief Judge, Justice Opeyemi Oke, after swearing them in, admonished them to discharge their duties with the fear of God and to guard their integrity jealously.

She, however, urged them to avoid unnecessary technicality but to strive to do substantial justice at all times, noting that their success or failure would color the perception of the common man about the judiciary.

In her remarks, the Executive Secretary, Lagos State Judicial Service Commission, Olubukola Salami, said the commission hoped that with the 24 new presidents and members “there will be an enhancement in the delivery of justice at the customary court level of the judiciary in Lagos State and speedy disposition of cases would be assured.

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