A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Afolabi Fashanu, has asked the Ogun state judiciary to shelve its planned increase in the fees payable on the filing of court process in the state.
The lawyer who made the call in Abeokuta, at a special court sitting in honour of late Justice Clement Sekoni, said there are no basis for the proposed increase.
He advised the state judiciary to wait till the end of the economic recession, and when courts will be financially independent.
Fashanu asked the Ogun state government to complete the judicial complex and the court of appeal structures in Abeokuta, before the end of the Amosun administration’s tenure.
Also, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has asked the Presidency to extend its whistle blowing policy to the judiciary sector, to stem the corrupt practices in the sector.
The Ota branch chairman of the association in Ogun state, Otunba Olumide Akinbinu, who made the call expressed concern at what he called the unfortunate and unwholesome attitude of some judicial officers who he accused of collecting huge amount of money from pauperized ligitants
The NBA chairman want the association to continually educating members of the public that justice is not a sellable commondity.
At the event were the state Chief Judge, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade, the Justice Commissioner, Doctor Olumide Ayeni, serving and retired members of the bench,