The Chairman, Body of Benchers (BOB), Chief Wole Olanipekun has urged judges across Nigeria not to allow politicians to cage them from discharging their duties honourably.
The former President of the Nigeria Bar Association(NBA)spoke at a lecture in honour of justice Williams Akintoroye who just retired as the Chief Judge of Ondo State.
Legal practitioners across Nigeria gathered in Ondo to honour the chief judge of Ondo State, Justice Williams Akintoroye who bowed out of service honourably.
The lecture titled: “Judicial Responsiveness As a Stable Panacea For Societal Malady” was delivered by the former National President of the Nigeria Bar Association, Wole Olanipekun (SAN)
The legal luminary took time to examine how judicial independence will facilitate three distinct values.
He is of the view that the judiciary must be truly independent for the rule of law to be effective.
Olanipekun who noted that the judiciary is in serious slumber, said judges must be courageous in the face of interference from different quarters.
In his submission, the former president of the National Industrial Court, Babatunde Adejumo, said it is not the duty of states to fix the salaries of judges.
The retired chief judge who used the occasion to evaluate his performance, urged those in the profession for their right.
Justice Williams Akintoroye was appointed as the Ondo State Chief Judges 15 months ago