By

 Abasi Femi Oguntayo

Ekiti State Government has announced new measures to curb sexual violence in the State.

These measures were announced today by the Honourable Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda Esq. during a Press Conference at the Ministry of Justice Academy.

According to Fapohunda, “there currently exists a number of measures including: the aggressive prosecution of sex offenders, the opening of a sex offender’s register to capture the data of offenders and the disqualification of offenders from benefitting from Mr. Governor’s Power of Prerogative of Mercy.”

He said, “all these measures have been implemented within the framework of the Fayemi administration’s zero tolerance policy for all forms of violence against Women and Children. However, it would appear as if these measures are not enough to curb this scourge.”

The additional measures to be taken  are:

1) Pasting the  photographs of convicted sex offenders in prominent public spaces  in their communities and their Local Government Headquarters;

2) Issuing an advisory to the traditional ruler of the  sex offender’s community on the status of the offender;

3) Uploading the Sex Offenders photograph on the website of the Ministry of Justice;

4) Showing photographs of Sex offenders on Ekiti State Broadcasting Service and announcing their names on Radio Stations in the State;

5) Compulsory psychiatric tests for all Persons of whom the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has issued ‘a case to answer’ Legal Advice for the offence of child defilement. This also includes Persons currently standing trial for the offence of child defilement.

Fapohunda added that these measures were in response to the State Government’s concern about the increase in sexual offences in the State.

According to him, “for the avoidance of doubt, these measures relate to sexual offences such as rape, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, and related offences.”

The measures take effect immediately.

Ekiti State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda, Esq. has called for synergy between his office, the Prisons, the Police and other Security Agencies as part of efforts to decongest the Prisons and ensure prompt dispensation of justice.

He made this call on Thursday 28 February, 2019 during a meeting with Security Chiefs at the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) Complex in Ado Ekiti. Fapohunda explained that the meeting was convened primarily to discuss and proffer solutions to prosecutorial challenges and prisons congestion. He noted that out of the 488 inmates currently in Ado Ekiti prisons, only 121 are convicts while the other 367 are awaiting trial persons.

Fapohunda stressed the importance of prompt remittance of case files to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for proper legal advice.

He informed the Security Chiefs of the Ministry Of Justice zero tolerance against arbitrary letters of discontinuance specifically as it relates to serious crimes such as rape, kidnapping and murder. Such applications according to him, are counter productive and detrimental to the goal of achieving effective prosecution of criminal matters.

The Attorney-General said that proper investigation of cases by the Police and correct handling of exhibits such as medical reports and confessional statements would enhance the work of the MOJ.

In his remarks, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Asuquo Amba lauded the State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi for his efforts in supporting the State Police Command.

He assured that pending case files would be forwarded to the Office of the DPP within seven days adding that completed police reports will expeditiously be forwarded from now on.

Assuring that only competent officers are posted to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for proper handling of cases, the Police Commissioner said that training and retraining would be organized for Policemen in the State towards ensuring best global practices in the task of maintaining public order and safety, enforcing the law as well as preventing, detecting and investigating criminal activities.

Also reacting to the Attorney-General’s remarks, the Controller of Prisons, Ekiti State Command, Mr. Akinyemi Afolabi agreed on the need for synergy between criminal justice agencies in the State to enhance prompt dispensation of criminal cases and that this would facilitate prisons de-congestion.

Present at the meeting were the Solicitor General & Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Lawrence Ojo, Esq., all Directors of the Ministry, Head of SARS, SIB and several Legal Officers in the Ministry of Justice.

Abasi Femi Oguntayo
Media Assistant
Ministry of Justice

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January 31, 2019

By

Abasi Femi Oguntayo

 

Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda has  expressed concern at the increasing rate at which victims of crime, their relations and interested persons apply for the discontinuance of criminal prosecution.

Fapohunda who expressed this concern today as he signed a Directive on Applications for Discontinuance of Prosecution said  that more often than not the subject matter of such applications were  serious crimes including murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism, rape and defilement.

He stressed further that the applications were in respect of  offences which, the exercise of his discretionary power to discontinue prosecution must necessarily be exercised cautiously, judiciously and in the interest of the public.

The Attorney General announced that henceforth, the discontinuance of criminal prosecution shall not be automatic as all applications shall be subjected to merit review and determined on a case by case basis.

According to him “Applications, which upon review are found unmeritorious, unjust, abusive of the court process and against government’s policy on crime prevention shall be denied.

He emphasised that “Applicants (victims of crime, their relations and interested persons) applying for discontinuance of prosecution, shall upon notification of the refusal of the Application, be obliged to co-operate with the State as witnesses or in any other capacity as may be required or risk indictment for Compounding Felony.

He said “Applications for discontinuance of prosecution, which upon review are found meritorious may be granted unconditionally or conditionally, upon such terms in furtherance of the State’s policy on restitution, compensation and plea- bargain in criminal matters”,

The directive takes effect from today. (31st of January 2019)

 

January 27, 2019

By

Abasi Femi Oguntayo

 

Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Olawale Fapohunda has expressed concern over the increasing incidents of women battering, rape and child defilement in the state.

Fapohunda who made this observation during a meeting with top law officers in the Ministry said, the Ministry of Justice must review its prosecution strategy in dealing with this scourge. He said the Zero  Tolerance  Policy of the Fayemi administration  for all forms of violence against women and children must be implemented to the letter.

Fapohunda said sex offenders should know that the Ministry of Justice will seek the maximum punishment provided under the Law.

He said in addition to vigorously prosecuting sex offenders, the Ministry should take additional measures that include naming and shaming persons convicted of such abuses. He said there is a need to begin to publisize names of persons in the Ministry’s Sex Offenders Register.

Fapohunda said effective immediately, an advisory will be sent to the offenders communities and their  traditional rulers. He said communities must be protected from these persons.

Fapohunda said there is a need for key institutions in government and civil society to put together a public education campaign aimed at further enlightening the citizenry.. As a first he said  the Ministry will convene  a high level meeting of concerned persons and institutions to agree on practical steps in this regard.

A candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ibrahim Olanrewaju, an aspirant for the House of Representatives who was present at the meeting  said that these acts was largely  borne out of poverty and the lust for quick money. He said in many cases acts of defilement were related to ritual purposes

“Even when people were penalized, some getting jail term, life in prison and the likes, yet, the act is increasing on daily basis, I think there should be more enlightenment on the issue”, he said.

Also present at the meeting were, the permanent secretary and solicitor general of the ministry, Lawrence Ojo, the Special Assistant to the Attorney-General on Public Education, Media and Communication, Tunde Olaolorun, the newly appointed chairman, Governing Board,  Ministry of Justice Academy, Dr Babatunde, the former Attorney General of the State, Owoseni Ajayi,  the Chairman Ado Ekiti Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, Samuel Falade.

 

January 26, 2019

By

Abasi Femi Oguntayo

Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Bisi Egbeyemi has commissioned the Ministry of Justice Academy.

He did the commissioning today, Friday 25th of January, 2019 at the Ministry of Justice Complex in the State’s Secretariat, where he was accompanied by the Attorney General of the State, Olawale Fapohunda, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Lawrence Ojo and other top dignitaries in the State Justice ministry.

The Deputy Governor, who was also a former Attorney General, expressed his excitement in what he saw at the ministry of justice complex as the place had really developed in a very great way, compared to when he was there.

“Then, there was no money, but we thank God. There is still no money but it is better than before and we happy that we have Fapohunda here, who is a thoroughly bred lawyer, and he is exposed. It is good for us as lawyers, to be exposed. Another form of exposure for us is having a library, I was discussing with the attorney general, and he told me that he is making great effort to make sure you have a standard library here, so as lawyers, you should have a good library, even at your homes.

“I am sure this academy is going to give you a sort of enablement to be able to perform well. It will also give room for better interactions, like what we have in some chambers where you will have ten to twenty lawyers, where they come together to exchange ideas. I am sure the Attorney General knows what he is doing by setting this academy up and I know you all are going to benefit from him. I will even be among the lawyers that will benefit, because if you are having any lecture now, I will come”, the deputy governor said.

The Attorney General while reacting to the deputy governor’s speech thanked him for his constant support for the ministry and said he hoped the ministry would continue to get the support from him.

“Your Excellency, every moment, you have been constant in your support, for this ministry, even when you were getting our memos for the first time, you were still providing that support. So on behalf of the ministry of Justice, I would like to use this opportunity to thank you and to hope that we continue to have a space in your good heart to support the many initiatives that we are going to undertake in the future”, Fapohunda said.

Egbeyemi who also visited the newly renovated board room of the ministry and the Attorney General’s office was full of praises on Fapohunda for doing a Great job in the ministry during the short period of assuming office.

The newly appointed chairman of the Academy’s governing council Dr Babatunde in his reaction to the opening of the academy was of the opinion that the council will bring up new ideas as they kick-starts activities in the academy.

 

January 24, 2019

By

Abasi Femi Oguntayo

Below is a Presentation by the Ministry of Justice in Commemoration of 100 Days of Fayemi’s Administration. Released by the Special Assistant to the Attorney-General on Public Education, Media and Communication, Tunde Olaolorun Esq.

1) About the Ministry of Justice:

The mission statement and purpose of the Ministry of Justice {MOJ} is to administer justice in Ekiti State and to oversee state legal and legislative services.

Mr. Governor identified four key deliverables for the MOJ for the period 2018 – 2022.These are:

  1. a) Provision of fair and equal access to justice for all in Ekiti State, regardless of their ethnic group, gender, marital status, age, economic status, disability, religion, belief, culture, language or any other attribute.
  2. b) Ensure justice processes that are fast, effective, cheap and sensitive to the needs of all users, and understandable to all users.
  3. c) Provide legal services to the government that are efficient and cost effective.
  4. d) Be able to gain the confidence of the government and public in the administration of justice.
  5. Key Activities of the Ministry during the Reporting Period
  6. I) Law Reform:

The MOJ drafted the following Laws during the reporting period:

  • The Sustainable Development Goals Bill 2019
  • The Property Protection (Anti Land Grabbing Bill) 2019
  • The Administration of Civil Justice Bill 2019
  • Security Trust Fund Amendment Law Amendment Bill 2019

These Bills were presented to the State Executive Council and approved for presentation to the State House of Assembly

  1. II) Executive Orders

The Chambers of the Attorney-General drafted 5(five) Executive Orders during the period under review. The Executive Orders are:

Executive Order No. 001 of 2018.

This Executive Order gave full effect to the reversal of universal levies in primary and secondary schools in Ekiti State;

Executive Order No. 002 of 2018.

This is an Executive Order on the establishment of a fact-finding Committee on the Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State (BSES);

Executive Order No. 003 of 2018.

This is an Executive Order on the establishment of the Visitation Panel to the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti;

Executive Order No. 004 of 2018.

This is an Executive Order on the establishment of visitation panel for the Ekiti State College of Education, Ikere Ekiti;

Executive Order No. 005 of 2018.

This is an Executive Order on the establishment of visitation panel for the College of Health Sciences and Technology, Ijero Ekiti.

 III)  Institutional Development:

  1. a) Ministry of Justice Activity Plan: The State Executive Council approved a 12 (twelve)-month activity plan for the MOJ. The plan highlights specific activities that will be undertaken by the MOJ to achieve the key deliverables identified by Mr. Governor.
  2. b) Re-organisation of the Administration of the MOJ: In order to achieve the key deliverables set out for the MOJ, the Attorney- General undertook a re-oganisation of the departments in the MOJ. The Departments of Law Review was merged with the department of Legal Research and Statistics. Two new Departments were created. The Department of Corporate and Commercial law (established to oversee the governments commercial interests) and the Department of Monitoring and Evaluation ( to monitor and evaluate delivery of legal services). In addition, Six Special Assistants were appointed in the Office of the Attorney- General.
  3. c) Appointment of Legal Advisers to MDAs: 37 Legal Advisers were designated to MDAs in furtherance of the committed of MOJ to provide cost effective and professional legal services to the government and people of Ekiti State. The mandate of the Legal Advisers is to provide legal advise and where necessary representation to the MDAs in all matters in which the State Government is a party.
  4. d) Law Officers Security Protection Service: The  MOJ established a Law officers Security  Unit within the office of the Solicitor- General & Permanent Secretary to enhance the safe and secure conduct  of judicial proceedings  by protecting law officers within and outside court houses. This will be a collaborative efforts with security agencies to be accomplished by anticipating  and deterring threats to Law Officers.
  5. IV) Professional Development

Establishment of the Ministry of Justice Academy: The State Executive Council approved the establishment of the Ministry of Justice Academy within the reporting period. This is the first in Nigeria. The purpose of the academy is to facilitate the professional development of Law Officers and  administrative staff in the MOJ. The Academy will facilitate training programmes and seminars on topics that are relevant to the administration of justice in Ekiti State.

  1. V) Special Interventions (Projects)

The Office of the Attorney-General commenced the renovation of the MOJ office complex. This includes painting and repair works in most parts of the Complex.

In response to the absence of electricity in the MOJ, a 60 KVA generator was purchased to further enable a confortable working environment for staff of the MOJ.

The State Executive Council also approved the sum of Six Hundred Million Naira for the construction of a new office complex for the Ministry.

January 21, 2019

 

The Ekiti State Executive Council today approved the enactment of a novel Administration of Civil Justice Bill.

According to the Attorney-General of the State, Olawale Fapohunda, the main objectives of this Bill  are:

(a) To reform and modernize the laws, practice, procedure and processes relating to the resolution of civil disputes and proceedings in the High Court of the State;

(b) to simplify the language relating to civil procedure;

(c)  to facilitate the just, efficient, timely and cost-effective resolution of the real issues in dispute in the conduct of Civil proceedings.

Fapohunda said this was an important step in removing obstacles to doing business in the State. He said the Fayemi administration will continue to review and reform its laws to make them relevant to the socio economic development of Ekiti State.

By this development, Ekiti State becomes the first state in Nigeria to consider the enactment of a Law that will introduce far reaching reforms in the Administration of Civil Justice.

It will be recalled that it was during the first tenure of Dr. Kayode Fayemi as Governor of Ekiti State, that the State became the second State in the federation to enact the Administration of Criminal Justice Law.

January 09, 2019

By

Abasi Femi Oguntayo

Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda has lauded the governor’s visit to the Ministry of Justice and other ministries at the State’s Secretariat and has described it as a good development.

The Governor who visited the ministries at the State’s secretariat on Wednesday, 9th of January, 2019, was first at the ministry of Justice.

Reacting to the governor’s visit, the Commissioner for Justice said, “it is good the governor came here today to see what we are doing here in the ministry, even with the limited resources available to us.

“Moving forward, there are still much more to do, the ministry is still not where we want it to be, we have taken some important steps but there are still more steps to be taken.

“Ultimately, our goal is to have a different building. It is not acceptable for employees to work in an uncomfortable environment, but we have tried as much as possible to make the working environment as comfortable as possible.

“In 2019 we hope to begin the reconstruction of our new office complex, which when completed, will give us more space. This is essential for us to serve the government and the people of Ekiti State in an efficient and professional manner.

“So, it is good he came here, and it is also good that he saw us at work, that is the essence of a leader, to see how the followers are striving to achieve his vision. So it was a very good development.

Fapohunda who urged legal officers and workers in the ministry to do better said, “What I have told them is that Mr. Governor is interested in what we are doing here.  Many of the approvals that we have managed to get is because the governor believes in us”.

“Yes, the legal officers have put in a lot of hard work in 2018 but we can do better to justify the Vite of confidence in us”, he said.

January 03, 2019

By

Abasi Femi Oguntayo

The Ekiti State Ministry of Justice has established a Law Officers Security Protection Service in the State to ensure officers’ safety.

This was made known by the honorable Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General of the State, Olawale Fapohunda on Wednesday, 2nd January on his twitter handle @AGWalefapohunda.

In his several tweets he said, “I am pleased to announce this morning, the establishment of a Law Officers Security Protection Service.The Ministry of Justice will continue to work to ensure that threats to Law Officers are quickly assessed and appropriate measures are take.

He stressed further that, “We will not accept that a Law Officer is intimidated or threatened in any way in discharging his obligation to faithfully represent the State Government in any proceedings and before any court in Ekiti State. To that end, I have directed the establishment of a Law Officers Security Protection Service to be coordinated by a Law Officers Security unit within the office of the Solicitor- General & Permanent Secretary (SG/PS), Ministry of Justice.

Fapohunda disclossed that, he had directed the Solicitor General & Permanent Secretary to immediately undertake a review of similar initiatives if it existed within Nigeria and globally, so that the Ministry of Justice, as well as the Nigerian Police and other security agencies in the state, could benefit from a compilation of best practices.

“We must take every step to ensure that our Law Officers never face violent attack for carrying out their duties”, he said.

Elaborating more on the activities of the Security Unit, the Attorney General said that the Law Officers Security Unit would be mandated to enhance the safe and secured conduct of judicial proceedings by protecting Law Officers both within and outside courthouses.

According to him, this would be a comprehensive effort accomplished by anticipating and deterring threats to Law Officers and by continuously developing and employing innovative protective tactics.

To achieve this in concrete terms, the commissioner stated that, the ministry would engage the Nigeria Police, State Security Service and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps on modalities for the implementation of this intervention.

 

January 01, 2019

By

Abasi-Femi Oguntayo

Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Ekiti State, Olawale Fapohunda, has felicitated with law officers in the State and used the medium to highlight some of the achievements of his ministry since his assumption of office last year November.

In a new year statement signed by the commissioner, he appreciated the law officers in the ministry for the support he had received from them so far saying he was particularly grateful to the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary and Directors of the various departments. He wished them a happy and healthy new year.

In reference to the ministry’s report card in the last two months, Fapohunda who listed the achievements of the ministry under his watch, said: “Our report card at least in the last two months will shows that we have repainted the Ministry of Justice Office Complex as the first step in a continuous process of renovation. We have obtained approval and the funds for the purchase of a 60 KVA generator as an immediate solution to the near absence of electricity supply in the Ministry.

“We have repaired the broken roofs across many of the offices including the library. We expect that this will prevent the frequent incidents of flooding, whenever it rains. We have also increased the number of available office space by acquiring additional spaces with the complex. Our goal is to make the office as comfortable as practicable for law officers and support staff alike.

Fapohunda also revealed that: “We have commenced the process of Human Resources Development. I am particularly pleased that we have been able to establish the Ministry of Justice Academy. The vision behind the academy is to facilitate the continuous professional development of law officers and administrative staff within the Ministry. The academy facilitated expert presentations from the Law Pavilion and the Law firm of Aluko and Oyebode in December 2018.

Furthermore, the Okemesi Ekiti born Lawyer disclosed that “we have within the reporting period drafted four important Bills. The Administration of Civil Justice Bill, The Administration of Criminal Justice Law Amendment Bill, The Protection of Private Property Bill (Anti Land -Grabbing Bill) and the Sustainable Development Goals Bill. The last two bills have been approved by the State Executive Council for onward transmission to the House of Assembly. We also drafted five Executive Orders on areas relevant to strengthening good governance in Ekiti State .

“We took concrete steps to reverse the tradition of Law Officers paying for witnesses and experts to attend court hearings. At the end of 2018 we had made appreciable efforts in clearing the backlog of monies owed Law officers this regard. We are firmly committed to finding a permanent and sustainable solution to this issue.

Speaking on the last major intervention of his ministry in 2018, the Commissioner said “it was the administrative restructuring of the Ministry. In furtherance of our commitment to provide effective and efficient legal service to the government and people of Ekiti State, we announced far-reaching changes in the administration of the Ministry. We created three new departments. That of Monitoring and Evaluation, Corporate and Commercial Law and merged the Department of Law Review and Legal Research and Statistics into one department. (The Department of Law Review and Legal Research) We placed thirty- Six Legal Officers in MDA’s in the State as Legal advisers and appointed six Special Assistants in the office of the Attorney- General”.

“2019 promises to be an activity filled year for us. The inclusion of the cost for the construction of a new office complex for the Ministry of Justice as a budget item in the 2019 Ekiti State Appropriation Bill was for us one of the highlights of 2018. We look forward to the breaking of ground for the complex within the first quarter of 2019. We will intensify our professional development programmes.

“Efforts will be made to attract national and international law experts as resource persons to facilitate the curriculum of the Ministry of Justice Academy. We hope to conclude public consultations around the novel Administration of Civil Justice Bill and the amendments to the Administration of Criminal Justice Law within the first quarter of 2019” he said.

The Attorney General who thanked the law officers in the State for their hard work and resilience in 2018, charged them to keep up the good work in 2019.

According to him, keeping the Ministry of Justice moving forward was a major task for all of them.

 

 

Bellow Is The Full Text Of The 2019 New Year Statement To Law Officers In The Ministry Of Justice By Olawale Fapohunda, Honourable Attorney- General & Commissioner Of Justice, Ekiti State

 

2019 NEW YEAR STATEMENT TO LAW OFFICERS IN THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE BY OLAWALE FAPOHUNDA,  HONOURABLE ATTORNEY- GENERAL & COMMISSIONER OF JUSTICE, EKITI STATE

 

  1. Good Morning Colleagues, Today as you observe the New Year holiday with family and friends, I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.
  2. This is always a hopeful time, as we celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another. 2018 was indeed a significant one for Ekiti State and the Ministry of Justice. It witnessed the change in administration and my appointment as the Attorney- General of Ekiti State.
  3. In furtherance of the marching orders given to me by Mr. Governor, I have had to literally hit the ground running. I am grateful for the support that I have received this far from Law Officers in the Ministry. I am particularly grateful to the Solicitor- General and Permanent Secretary and Directors of the various departments.
  4. Our report card at least in the last two months will show that we have repainted the Ministry of Justice Office Complex as the first step in a continuous process of renovation. We have obtained approval and the funds for the purchase of a 60 KVA generator as an immediate solution to the near absence of electricity supply in the Ministry.  We have repaired the broken roofs across many of the offices including the library. We expect that this will prevent the frequent incidents of flooding, whenever it rains. We have also increased the number of available office space by acquiring additional spaces with the complex. Our goal is to make the office as comfortable aspracticable for law officers and support staff alike.
  5. We have commenced the process of Human Resources Development. I am particularly pleased that we have been able to establish the Ministry of Justice Academy. The vision behind the academy is to facilitate the continuous professional development of law officers and administrative staff within the Ministry. The academy facilitated expert presentations from the Law Pavilion and the Law firm of Aluko and Oyebode in December 2018.
  6. We have within the reporting period drafted four important Bills. The Administration of Civil Justice Bill, The Administration of Criminal Justice Law Amendment Bill, The Protection of Private Property Bill (Anti Land -Grabbing Bill) and the Sustainable Development Goals Bill. The last two bills have been approved by the State Executive Council for onward transmission to the House of Assembly. We also drafted five Executive Orders on areas relevant to strengthening good governance in Ekiti State .
  7. We took concrete steps to reverse the tradition of Law Officers paying for witnesses and experts to attend court hearings. At the end of 2018 we had made appreciable efforts in clearing the backlog of monies owed Law officers this regard. We are firmly committed to finding a permanent and sustainable solution to this issue.
  8. Our last major intervention in 2018 was the administrative restructuring of the Ministry. In furtherance of our commitment to provide effective and efficient legal service to the government and people of Ekiti State, we announced far-reaching changes in the administration of the Ministry. We created three new departments. That of Monitoring and Evaluation, Corporate and Commercial Law and merged the Department of Law Review and Legal Research and Statistics into one department. (The Department of Law Review and Legal Research) We placed thirty- Six Legal Officers in MDA’s in the State as Legal advisers and appointed six Special Assistants in the office of the Attorney- General.
  9. 2019 promises to be an activity filled year for us. The inclusion of the cost for the construction of a new office complex for the Ministry of Justice as a budget item in the 2019 Ekiti State Appropriation Bill was for us one of the highlights of 2018. We look forward to the breaking of ground for the complex within the first quarter of 2019. We will intensify our professional development programmes. Efforts will be made to attract national and international law experts as resource persons to facilitate the curriculum of the Ministry of Justice Academy. We hope to conclude public consultations around the novel Administration of Civil Justice Bill and the amendments to the Administration of Criminal Justice Law within the first quarter of 2019.
  10. All these have been made possible because of the confidence reposed in us by Mr. Governor. It is our hope that in 2019 we will continue to justify this confidence in a manner that delivers professional, effective and efficient legal services to the Government and People of Ekiti State.
  11. I want to thank you all for your hard-work and resilience in 2018.  Keep it up in 2019. Keeping the Ministry of Justice moving forward is a task for all of us.
  12. Finally, as we celebrate this season, let us remember the families of Okeya and Adedayo in our prayers.May God bless and keep those we’ve lost in His heavenly place. May He grace their families with His holy comfort. And may He bless and watch over the legal community and Ekiti State.

I wish you all a year full of possibilities. May it be well with you and all yours. Happy New Year.

Olawale Fapohunda

Honourable Attorney- General & Commissioner of Justice, Ekiti State

@Ado Ekiti

1/1/19

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