Judicial Autonomy Not Realistic - Fashola
Posted: 23/Sep/2014

Lagos State Governor Babatunde  Fashola has said that judicial autonomy, especially in the area of funding, is not realistic now.

The governor, who said he was not against judicial autonomy, spoke through the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Ade Ipaye, at a special service to mark the 2014/2015 Legal Year in Lagos.

Fashola said: “The idea of judiciary autonomy is a welcome development, but in reality, it is not achievable due to the fact that internally generated revenue is not paid to the government in advance. Besides, complete implementation of court judgment on the matter will cause another legal firework, because other sectors will perceive it as preferential treatment and it will not augur well.” 

The governor urged judicial workers planning to embark on strike to explore diplomatic options, adding that their action may have negative consequences on the masses.

Rt. Rev. Olusola Odedeji of the Cathedral Church of Christ, on his part, urged judges to seek divine wisdom in the discharge of their duties.

He said: “A request for Godly wisdom is not a want but a need by judges and magistrates. Whatever you do and whatever you leave undone would have its effects.”