The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has gave assurance that his administration would continue to respect the relevant section of the 1999 Constitution on judicial autonomy.
He gave the assurance during the visit of the executives of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Edo State chapter at the Government House, Benin City.
He admitted that the autonomy and independence of the three arms of government were best for the country’s democracy.
The governor noted that his administration had continued to obey and respect the relevant section of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) on judicial autonomy.
“I have listened to your presentation and wondered what the real issues are. But I think it is one of communication. It is not in the best interest of our democracy for the three arms of government not to be independent and autonomous, as one has to check the other. The issues of autonomy and independence should not be in doubt.”
Chairman of the Edo State Chapter of the NBA, Pius Oiwoh, said: “We are here to present a letter on judicial autonomy as directed by the National Secretariat of the NBA and which we have been canvassing and agitating for overtime across the country.
“It will be a continuous engagement so that the provision of section 121 sub-section 3 of the constitution, which provided for financial autonomy of the judiciary, will be guaranteed and complied with. We have heard from the governor and are satisfied.”