The Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong says all Nigerians must support the Judiciary particularly Judges in the dispension of justice and the sustenance of the rule of law which is key to the survival of democracy.
Governor Lalong stated this at the valedictory court session in honour of the retiring President, Plateau State Customary Court of Appeal Hon. Justice Julia Asabe Kyentu who is retiring after attaining the age of 65.
Lalong who praised Justice Kyentu for serving the Judiciary meritoriously, described her as a superb judicial officer who contributed immensely to the development of the bench and bar.
He said “For those who know Justice Julia Kyentu either within or outside the courtroom, the experiences may vary, but the testimony of her integrity, hardwork, intellectual capacity and judicial depth is the same. Hon. Justice Julie Kyentu has over the years not only demonstrated her deep knowledge of the law and its application to the dispensation of justice, but has also shown courage to administer justice without fear or favour, affection or ill will”.
Lalong said as a woman, Justice Kyentu is among the roll call of distinguished Plateau daughters who have broken the ceiling to establish the fact that women are more than capable of performing any function in society if given the opportunity.
He urged both members of the bar and bench to do everything possible to safeguard the integrity of the Judiciary which is not only the hope of the common man as commonly referred to, but the hope of democracy, good governance and societal development.
He gave the assurance that his Administration will continue to support all efforts at deepening reforms in the judiciary to make it more effective adding that the Plateau Bench will miss her greatly and the vacuum created will be difficult to fill.
Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General of the State Chrysanthus Ahmadu and the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Jos Branch, Barrister Yakubu Bawa, described the retiring justice as a women of dignity and integrity who never succumbed to pressure from various quarters to subvert the cause of justice.
The Jos NBA said her faith in God and adherence to the constitution and oath of office enabled her to carry out her assignment and finish without blemish.
Justice Julia Asabe Kyentu while responding, thanked God for the opportunity the privilege to serve in the Judiciary in various capacities reaching the peak as the President of the Plateau Customary Court of Appeal.
She said her experience over the years has reaffirmed her belief that God orders the steps of all his children and uses them in the way and manner he deems fit. “despite all challenges, I am leaving the bench very fulfilled, hoping that those I am leaving behind will take the Judiciary to the next level,” she added.
Meanwhile, Governor Lalong has approved the appointment of Justice Sati Patrick Dabit as the President Plateau State Customary Court of Appeal.