Hon. Justice Adesodun Abiodun Emmanuel has officially bowed out of active public service, having attaining the statutory retirement age of 65 years.
In his speech during the valedictory court sitting in his honour, Ekiti State Chief Judge, Justice John Adeyeye described Justice Adesodun as an amiable, erudite, diligent and industrious Judicial Officer, he prayed for good health and peace of mind to enjoy his deserved rest after an illustrious career.
Justice Adeyeye promised to continue broaden and brighten the pathway to effective justice administration in Ekiti State through expansion in personnel and improvement in the working environment.
Justice Adeyeye said, the Judicial Service Commission under his leadership embarked on an exercise to appoint four new Judges for Ekiti State High Courts to fill the vacancies created by the retirement of some judicial officers adding that the four successful candidates as nominated by the National Judicial Council will soon be sworn-in by Ekiti State governor.
Justice Adeyeye used the occasion to inform the gathering that the National Judicial Council has given its nod to the take off of Ekiti State Customary Court of Appeal as indicated in his address during the occasion marking the commencement of year 2021/2022 Legal Year in September.
The Chief Judge appreciate Ekiti State governor, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi for his staunch support for all effort geared towards the improving justice delivery in Ekiti State and his readiness to provide necessary facilities for the smooth takeoff of the Customary Court of Appeal, he concluded.
Others who spoke at the occasion include, Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Olawale Fapohunda SAN, former Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Dayo Akinlaja SAN, Chairman Nigerian Bar Association, Ado Ekiti Branch, Adeyemi Adewumi Esq among others, they all described Justice Adesodun as a very friendly, fair, firm, jovial and generous jurist, the Bar, Bench and Ekiti State in general will miss his general good nature, they added.
In his reaction, Justice Adesodun thanked Governor Kayode Fayemi who performed his swearing-in on 17/4/2012, for the opportunity given him to serve his fatherland, he said, he was never a politician or an apologist of anybody adding that, he dispense justice without fear or favour and always be guided by his oath of office throughout his stay on the bench.
Justice Adesodun called on those in position of authority, to see to the health and general welfare of Judges and avoid unnecessary increase in tax and other deductions from their salaries. He appealed to the Judicial Service Commission to improve welfare of the Magistrates and those with relevant qualifications among the Registrars.
He point attention of the government to a ‘’Law to amend the Ekiti State House of Assembly Service Commission No. 4 of 2003 and other Matters Incidental thereto or connected therewith’’ No. 9 of 2011, he said, judiciary as an arm of government can also have administrators or Deputy Chief Registrars who shall be on same status as Permanent Secretary while the Chief Registrar should be on same status as Head of Service.
Justice Adesodun said, Judiciary must not be relegated to the background as Section 202 of Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended, empowers the Judiciary to act and correct this injustice against it, he concluded.
During his sermon, Rt. Rev. Dr. Christopher Omotunde, Bishop of Ekiti Anglican Diocese and Archbishop of Ondo Province, eulogized Justice Adesodun, he encouraged him to have full devotion to serve God, now that he has retired.
Justice Adesodun Abiodun Emmanuel hails from Ilogbo Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State, he began his elementary education in Ibadan, Oyo State, he attended African Church Grammar School, Ibadan between 1970 and 1974, he obtained Diploma in Journalism from the Polytechnic, Ibadan in 1978. Justice Adesodun proceeded to the famous University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State for Barchelor of Laws Degree between 1979 and 1983, he attended Nigerian Law School, Lagos State in 1984 and called to the Nigerian Bar as Solicitor of the Supreme Court, he also obtained his Master of Laws Degree in 1991 from same University of Ife.
Justice Adesodun joined Ondo State Ministry of Justice, Akure, Ondo State as a State Counsel between 1986 and 1988, he joined Judicial arm of government as a Magistrate between 1988 and 1998, he broke off his career as a Chief Magistrate in December 1998 to serve as Clerk of Ekiti State House of Assembly until August, 1999, his return to the judiciary saw him holding several positions like the Chief Magistrate Administration, Deputy Chief Registrar II, Deputy Chief Registrar I and the Chief Registrar until he was appointed as a Judge of Ekiti State High Court in April, 2012.