By Abdulwahab Abdulah
Lagos -Â Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdullahi Mustapha, said yesterday that the establishment of the new division of the Federal High Court in Ikeja, Lagos was to bring justice nearer to the people.
Justice Mustapha said the judiciary under his leadership was ready to also support efforts to improve the socio-economic development of the nation.
The Chief Judge, at the special court session at the new Ikeja Division of the Federal High Court, said by bringing the court to the heart of Ikeja, the seat of government, would reduce pressure from the high court in Ikoyi as well as support the dream of making Lagos a mega city.
Mustapha said the new division would serve areas such as Agege, Ifako-Ijaiye, Ikorodu and Kosofe.
â€œThis will obviously reduce pressure on the court in Ikoyi apart from bringing justice nearer to the people of the state residing or operating in these areas,â€ Mustapha said.
On the mega city, the chief judge said: â€œThe creation of the Ikeja Division becameÂ apparent not only because the nationâ€™s capital has moved to Abuja and not only because Ikeja is the capital of Lagos State, but also because of the development of commerce and the ever expanding frontiers of Lagos metropolis to areas hitherto regarded as â€˜uplandâ€™ areas.
â€œWe are also conscious of the fact that the state government mega city project for Lagos should be encouraged and this court ought to be placed in proper pedestal to meet the challenges of that lofty project.
â€œThe event of today will also avail opportunities to even the indigent members of the society in these areas to ventilate their disputes before this court at minimal expense,â€ he said.