Justice Abiodun Ayodele Adebara and Abdullateef Kamaldeen have been sworn in as substantive Chief Judge and Grand Khadi of Kwara State Shariah Court of Appeal of Kwara State by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.
Adebara’s appointment followed the retirement of former Chief Judge of the state, Justice Suleiman Durosinlohun Kawu early January.
The swearing in took place on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 inside the Council Chamber, Kwara State Government House, Ilorin.
AbdulRahman in his speech said, “I have been told that this is the first time that the Chief Judge and the Grand Khadi will take their oaths of Allegiance and Judicial Oaths on the same occasion. This is coming just after the overwhelming majority of the people of Kwara State have renewed our mandate to serve them for another term of four years.”
“The State is therefore at the threshold of history as the leaderships of the three arms of government are assuming fresh mandates about the same period. This imposes on us a duty to work together for the larger interest of our people while respecting the boundaries of separation of powers.
“As Your Lordships assume your role of leading and guiding the judiciary, I would like to re-state my administration’s commitment to the rule of law and non-interference in the justice system.”
The governor, while congratulating legal luminaries on their appointments, display unalloyed commitment while discharging their duties.
In his comment, the State Commissioner for Justice Barrister Senior Ibrahim Sulyman, commended the governor for always supporting the judicial arms of government and prayed Allah to continue to guide him in all his undertakings.
Justice Adebara assured the governor and the Kwaran populace that his dispensation would serve the state to the best of his abilities.
The swearing in was attended by some creme de la creme raging from government, the bar and the bench, to the clergy, such as Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi; Speaker Kwara State House of Assembly Engr Yakubu Danladi Salihu; members of the state legislative, judiciary and executive arms; and traditional rulers.