First woman SAN urges bar, bench to be corruption free
The first woman to become a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Folake Solanke (SAN), on Thursday urged the members of the bar and the bench to be corruption free so as to restore the glory of the judiciary.
Solanke, who said this at the valedictory court session held for the retired Chief Justice of Lagos State, Justice Opeyemi Oke, noted that for the common man to have hope in the administration of justice, the system must be free of corruption.
She said, “Every member of the profession must be involved in the restoration of the dignity and credibility of this profession and if all of us determine to be corruption free, there will be no corruption anywhere in the administration of justice.
“We have to restore the golden days that the administration of justice was enjoyed in the court. The bar and the bench must be corruption free.”
Solanke, who protested the discrimination against the Nigerian Bar Association in the membership of the National Judicial Service Commission, urged the NBA to initiate a dialogue for its people.
She further advised the retired CJ not to see her retirement as an invitation to inactivity but to continue to engage intellectually.
Delivering his speech, the acting Chief Judge of the state, Justice Kazeem Alogba, described the retired CJ as an advocate of positive change in the administration of justice, adding that Justice Oke cherished her oath of office and her integrity.