On Tuesday, Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq appointed Justice Abiodun Adebara as the Chief Judge of the state, and Kadi Abdullateef Kamaldeen as Grand Kadi of the state’s Shariah Court of Appeal. During the ceremony, AbdulRazaq emphasized his administration’s commitment to the rule of law and non-interference in the justice system.
The event was held at the council chamber of the Government House Ilorin, and was attended by various dignitaries from government, the bar and the bench, as well as the clergy, including Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi, Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly Yakubu Salihu, and traditional rulers.
AbdulRazaq said it was the first time that the Chief Judge and the Grand Kadi were taking their oaths of allegiance and judicial oaths on the same occasion. He also noted that the leadership of the three arms of government were assuming fresh mandates around the same period, which imposed a duty on them to work together for the larger interest of their people while respecting the boundaries of separation of powers.
The governor congratulated the two judicial officers on their appointments and urged them to commit themselves to duties in line with the constitutional oaths they had just subscribed to.
The Chief Judge Adebara expressed his gratitude to the governor for his appointment and commended him for his commitment to promoting justice, equity, and fairness in the state. Adebara assured the governor and the people of Kwara State that he and his fellow judges were committed to serving the people to the best of their abilities.
The swearing-in was seen as a demonstration of the governor’s leadership and his support for the judiciary. Ibrahim Sulyman, the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, also commended the governor for his continuous support of the judicial arm of government.