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Oyewole elevated as judges receive promotions

28 February 2014, 20:35

Lagos - Renowned Lagos High Court Judge, Justice Olubunmi Oyewole, who has been responsible for major criminal convictions in the state, has been promoted to the Court of Appeal.

Justice Oyewole, in less than ten years of his appointment as a judge in the state, has been responsible for more than 20 high profile criminal convictions.

Some of his major cases include the conviction of top People's Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Olabode George for Corruption and handing death sentence on notorious Pentecostal Fellowship Church pastor, Reverend King.

The 44 year-old Justice Oyewole and two other judges were majorly in responsible for all criminal cases filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in the Lagos Judiciary division.

He handled most of the EFCC cases until he was transferred to the Juvenile and Family Division of the Court two years ago.

Due to his no-nonsense stance on issues and speedy dispensation of trial stakeholders faltered his transfer to the family court saying it was a major setback to the effort to ensure justice for fraud victims.

He was initially recommended for promotion to the Court of Appeal but was turned down by the Nigeria Judicial Council (NJC) on both occasions.

The NJC however announced his promotion along with two other notable judges from the Lagos High Court division. They are Justices Oludotun Adefowope- Okogie, and O.E. Williams-Daudu.

The NJC also recommended the promotion of 25 other judges from across the country.

– CAJ News

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