Lagos always likes to blaze the trail in everything that has to do with reforms, possibly because it is christened the ‘centre of excellence.’
Ensuring that it scores first in judicial reforms as directed by the Chief Judge of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen that all heads of courts in the country should create special courts for the speedy trial of corruption cases, the Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Opeyemi Oke has commissioned four special courts.
In doing that, Justice Oke said it was in obedience to the directive given last year by the CJN that special courts would make the judiciary more efficient and to facilitate the determination of corruption and financial crimes cases timeously.
The division is tagged, “Special and Sexual Offences Courts”. The Chief judge said that it had become imperative in order to ensure speedy dispensation of justice in such matter.
According to her, Lagos judiciary believe strongly that the special court shall fast track those types of cases and encourage the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other relevant bodies like Independent Corrupt Practices and Other related Offences Commission (ICPC) to expedite the investigation and prosecution of such cases.