By Olasunkanmi Akoni, Wahab Abdullah & Tosin Adejuwon
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has faulted the presence of cameramen from both electronic and print media during court sessions, saying it often hamper justice.
The governor made the remark yesterday at the Adeyemi Bero state auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja where he swore-in the stateâ€™s new Chief Judge, Justice Inumidun Enitan Akande.
Fashola said the infiltration by video cameras, photographers and open political grand standings would without corresponding protection open courts to manipulation.
â€œIt is a matter of regrets that in recent times, politicians appear to be asserting control of the arena. Most regrettable is the current trend whereby litigants bring political supporters to court premises and invite photo journalists and cameramen to court. We must remind ourselves that this practice does not conform to our legal practice,â€ he said.
Fashola,however, advocated total conformity with the ethics of the legal profession, noting that it would not only restore its lost glory but maintain the desired standard.
His words: â€œDignity,integrity and authority of the court are the pillars that our entire judicial system rests upon. Along the constitution, these pillars justify the judicial power exercised by judges during court proceedings.â€
Justice Akande in her acceptance speech expressed her determination and commitment to the current reformation and transformation of the stateâ€™s judicial system and take it to the targeted height.