Lagos Appoints Justice Alogba Acting Chief Judge
Justice Kazeem Alogba has been appointed as the 17th Chief Judge of Lagos State with effect from Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in acting capacity.
A statement issued by the state government today said Justice Alogba will remain Lagos State acting Chief Judge pending the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and subsequent confirmation of the Lagos State House of Assembly.
It was learned that this appointment was made by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in accordance with Section 271 (1) and (4) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As amended).
The appointment of the new Acting Chief Judge is consequent upon the need to prevent a vacuum in the state judiciary, given the imminent retirement of the present Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Opeyemi Oke, who is set to disengage statutorily from the state judiciary from Monday, June 10, 2019.
Accordingly, the newly appointed Acting Chief Judge will be sworn-in on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the Governor’s Office, Lagos House, Alausa Ikeja at 10.00 a.m.
Prior to his appointment Justice Alogba was the most senior of the 58 Justices in the state judiciary next to the outgoing Chief Judge, and had chaired the committee on the review of the High Court Civil Procedure Rules, which culminated in the new High Court of Lagos (Civil Procedure) Rules of 2019 that came into force on January 31, 2019.