Osun State Governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, on Monday threw his weight behind the call for the establishment of a Court of Appeal Division in the state.
He spoke in Osogbo during the commencement of the special sitting of the Court of Appeal, Akure Division, holding at the High Court of Justice in Osogbo.
The two-week programme is meant to enable the appellate court to attend to many pending cases before the Justices emanating from Osun State.
The governor said: “I cannot end this address without lending my voice to the request of the stakeholders that you should graciously consider the possibility of having a Court of Appeal (division) sited in Osun state.
“I want assure you my Lords that our government would do everything possible to support this move”
Before the governor spoke, leaders of the Bench and Bar in the state in separate speeches urged the visiting Justices to assist in making a case for the establishment of a division of the court in Osun state.
With not less than 250 cases, Osun state has the higher number of cases on appeal before the Justices of the Court of Appeal Akure Division which has appellate jurisdiction over Osun and Ondo States.
It was the first time the Court, established 10 years ago, will move its sitting to Osun state to take justice closer to the people.
The Osun stakeholders, who called for the establishment of the Court of Appeal, include, Chief Judge of Osun state, Justice Bola Adepele Ojo; Osun-based Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs)Mr. Yomi Aliu (SAN), members of the Osun State Chapters of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), and representative of senior legal practitioners in the state, Mr.Vincent Abiodun Akinleye, among others.
Justice Ojo, the Chief Judge, said the unprecedented special session was geared towards the facilitation of easy access to justice and bringing justice to the nooks and crannies of the state.