1st of July 2021, The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ikorodu Branch organised its 14th Asiwaju Babatunde Olusola Benson Public lecture, playing host to the finest legal practitioners within Ikorodu and across Lagos State at the Townhall, Ikorodu.
With guest speakers; Prof. Ayo Atsenuwa, Hon. Justice Adesuyi Olateru-Olagbegi, Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika and Olumide Aju, lecture pin-pointed “Prompt, efficient and effective administration of justice at all times”, centring the lecture around improving the level of the judicial system’s duty discharge by legal practitioners in Nigeria.
Ironically, the symposium which is aimed at honouring and celebrating the legacy of the Asiwaju of Ikorodu (Chief B.O Benson SAN) was executed exactly a week after his passing on the 24th of June 2021.
Abimbola Ojedokun (Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association Ikorodu Branch) in his speech addressed the JUSUN strike which affected the progressive operations of courts across the state and also post Covid-19/EndSars Protests respectively.
“Our administration as demonstrated in holding this event did not allow the various challenges of Covid-19 pandemic, Endsars protests and JUSUN strike to affect or hamper the discharge of our duties as the executive committee of the branch. The various committee of the branch like the Legal Aids, Police Duties Solicitors Schemes, Domestic Violence, Child Right and Persons Living with Disabilities, Community intervention etc, have been rendering free legal services to members of the Ikorodu Communities”
“In our determined bid to bring the administration of Justice closer to the well-meaning people of Ikorodu, the current executive of NBA Ikorodu branch appealed to the Lagos state judiciary, through Hon. Chief Judge of Lagos State for a criminal division of the high court and a probate registry to ameliorate the sufferings of the good people of Ikorodu and lawyers who have to journey to Ikeja and Lagos Island High Courts for their criminal and probate matters. To this effect, we’re grateful to the Lagos state judiciary and our own Hon. Chief Judge for approving the establishment of a probate registry in Ikorodu, while works are still in the process to establish a criminal division“
“My deep appreciation goes to all our executive members (NBA Ikorodu Branch); Olatoun Adekoya, Oluwaseun Aka, Dominic Ajah, Maureen Bolowotan, Nkeiruka Obianozie, Christiana Elekwachi, Titi Oloja, Adebukola Animasaun, Olatunji Oladipupo and Sabastine Nweze for their unrelenting focus to take this administration to better heights amidst all our pressing challenges” Abimbola Ojedokun Added
In the lecture, it became a consensus that practitioners must begin to stay firm in promoting the core values of their profession rather than abusing the system. “Lawyers and judges must apprise themselves on the ethics of their duties.
Our judges must also be able to hold our lawyers accountable in areas of abuse of their responsibilities. The legal profession must now hold members accountable for their acts of misconduct” DISCUSSANTS
Driving the topic, which expects lawyers to be Prompt, efficient and effective administration of justice at all times, discussants also averred the need for lawyers to stay on course in every measure of their call to duty, thus restoring the trust embedded in the judicial system of the federal republic of Nigeria.
Still on the discourse, questions were raised by different practitioners on exaggerating techniques applied by lawyers in areas of futile notions, which mostly demean the ethics of the profession and discredits the trust of the judicial system.
Hon. Justice Adesuyi Olateru-Olagbegi stated in a follow up that a communique would be submitted to the judicial rank en-file for a proper amendment of policies which has given lawyers measures to stall and exacerbate cases for no just reasons.
“It is a challenge we have tolerated for a long time which must be addressed to restore the credibility of our justice system in Nigeria” Justice Adesuyi Asserted
On the later, Idowu Benson (Son of late Chief B.O Benson) appreciated NBA Ikorodu Branch and Lagos state in general for the love and support towards his family amidst the demise of his father, stating that the public lecture is a testament to the extraordinary legacy of the elder statesman which will continue to live on.
Professor (Mrs) Ayo Atsenuwa was recognised and Awarded subsequently for her support towards the Nigerian Bar Association Ikorodu branch, Majority Leader of Lagos state house of assembly representing Ikorodu Constituency 1 (Hon S.O.B Agunbiade) was also recognised and Awarded (ably represented by the Vice-Chairman of Ikorodu local government, Aarebirin Hon. Princess Folashade Olabanji-Oba) amongst other notable dignitaries.
In his closing remarks, Barrister Bidemi Sulola (Chairman law week committee) thanked his colleagues in charge of the committee; Mrs Henrietta Fadahunsi (Alternate Chairman), Ademola Iroko, Nkeiruka Obianozie, Olawunmi Adeola, Tiwatope Ebinum, Christiana Elekwachi, Lukman Jaiyeola and Michael Olamona for their fervent support and commitment towards the actualisation of the law week 2021. Also acknowledging special consultants for the programme; Akin Duyilemi, S.O.K Shillings, Levi Adikwaone and Olatoun Adekoya respectively.
Other dignitaries in attendance; Oba Orimadegun Kasali Semiudeen (The Adeboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom), Prince Rotimi Ogunleye, Council Of Obas, Mr Balogun (Igbogbo Divisional Police Officer).