Lagos State Judiciary has held a special Valedictory Court Session for the former Chief Judge, Justice Opeyemi Oke, who is retiring from active service.
The event which attracted stakeholders in the judiciary was held at The Foyer, Lagos High Court, Igbosere and had in attendance Judges and Magistrates, Legal Practitioners including former Attorney-General of the State, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, the First Lady of Silk, Chief (Mrs) Folake Solanke (SAN), the first female Life Bencher, Mrs. Hairat Balogun while the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) was represented by Mr. Tunji Ayanlaja (SAN).
In his remarks, the Acting Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba described Justice Oke as an advocate of positive change in the administration of justice in the State, describing her as an achiever, a jurist with distinctive leadership qualities and someone who cherishes her oath of office and integrity.
In his words, “Justice Oke took to the bench as an analogue judge but retired as a digital judge; came in as a Christian but retired as a redeemed Christian; came in as a judge but left as a chief judge; came in as a mother but left as a grandmother”.
Other dignitaries also eulogised and commended the former Chief Judge for her integrity and excellence, saying she would be remembered for her wide-ranging reforms in the State judiciary during tenure.
Justice Oke, in her response, thanked the judges, magistrates and staff of the judiciary for their love and support for all the reforms initiated and making her tenure a success.
“I want to appeal to you to continue in your support of our policies which are all geared towards delivering speedy and efficient justice to the good people of Lagos State who we serve”, she stated.