Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has urged judges in the state to shun corruption and uphold the independence of the judiciary.
Ajimobi said this in Ibadan on Monday at the swearing-in of six newly-appointed judges of the High Court.
The governor said, “When you are faced with difficult cases, you need to summon courage and allow justice to prevail over personal interest.
“Don’t fear what the people would say, but make sure that justice is done.’’
He reminded them that they were chosen among many of their qualified colleagues and implored them not to betray the confidence reposed in them by the people.
News Agency of Nigeria reports the governor further reminded the new judges that the common man considers the judiciary as the last hope. He urged them to uphold that maxim in the interest of justice.
Ajimobi also said plans were underway to amend the judicial law in the state to accommodate more judges in the High Court.
He assured stakeholders in the judicial system that the independence of the judiciary would be sustained by his administration.
The state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adebayo Ojo, told the governor that the new judges were appointed on merit.
He said the judges were carefully screened and appointed based on their past records, adding that they were people of proven integrity.