The Chief Judge of Lagos State Honourable Justice Opeyemi Oke has accused the immediate past Chief Judge of Lagos State of carting away furniture in the Chief Judge’s office and official residence and replacing them with old and dilapidated ones. The Chief Judge also accused the past administration of mismanaging over N200 million reports DNL.
Justice Oke made the above revelations while speaking with the National Convener of the Fight Against Corruption in the Judiciary (FIACIJ) Mr. Bayo Akinlade who was on a courtesy call to the Chief Judge to present the FIACIJ’s action plan on the eradication of corruption in the Judiciary.
The Chief judge who since the inception of her administration gave the indication that it would no longer be business as usual was speaking against the backdrop of an allegation by a Youth Corp Member that the sum of N66 million was used to ‘clean’ the Chief Judge’s office while Youth Corp members in the State Judiciary where being owed outstanding salaries.
Describing the allegation by the Corp Member as a diversionary tactics by her predecessor, the Hon. Chief Judge explained that she had nothing to do with the contractors or any funds regarding the maintenance of Her Lordship’s Chambers.
She explained that all the furniture purchased prior to her becoming the Chief Judge were taken away by her predecessor and replaced with old and worn out furniture. In response to the work done at her official quarters, the Chief Judge noted that she has not been to the house to access the extent of work done.
She further revealed that contrary to the above allegation; about 200m was mismanaged by the past administration with over 24 million alleged spent on a valedictory session.
With respect to the allegation of non-payment of salary by the Corp member, the Chief Judge noted that information from the Lagos State Judiciary Account Department revealed otherwise.
Speaking further, she noted that some official cars were missing while almost all the departments of the Lagos State Judiciary were making returns to her predecessor which led to the suspension of about 3 staff of the Lagos Judiciary cash office.