Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved the appointment of Honourable Justice Kazeem Alogba as Acting Chief Judge of Lagos State with effect from Tuesday 11th June, 2019 pending the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and subsequent confirmation of the State House of Assembly.
A statement by the Deputy Chief Press, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, stated that “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, Honourable Justice Opeyemi Oke, who is set to disengage statutorily from the State Judiciary from today Monday, 10th June 2019”.
It further stated that the appointment is in accordance with Section 271 (1) and (4) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) after due cognizance of the integrity, selfless service and record of impressive performance of Honourable Justice Alogba.
The release said that the Acting Chief Judge will be sworn in on Thursday, 13th June, 2019 at the Governor’s Office, Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja by 10.00 am prompt.
Prior to his appointment, Justice Alogba was the most senior among the 58 Justices in the State Judiciary and next to the outgoing Chief Judge.
He had also 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.