Fagbemi, Odili, Dongban-Mensem, others bag NJI  fellowship 

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, President, Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban – Mensem, a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun were recently honoured alongside other distinguished Jurists by the National Judicial Institute (NJI) in Abuja.

The award was conferred on both members of the bar and bench.

Others who were honoured at the 3rd conferment of the National Judicial Institute Fellowship Awards were Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, Justice Mary Peter-Odili, Justice Musa Dattijo-Mohammed, Late Justice Mamman Nasir and Muhammad Akanbi.

Others are; Justice Umar Abdullahi, Justice Isa Salami, Justice Kulu Aliyu, Justice Rosaline Bozimo, late Justice Kate Abiri, and Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN

Delivering his opening address at the event, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola said the importance of the honour done to distinguished Jurists in the country cannot be overemphasized.

“Forging new paths often requires us to look back at where we are coming from in order to determine how much of the field we have covered and what is left undone.” Ariwoola stated.

In a keynote lecture titled “On the Cusp of History: Nigerian Judiciary and the Challenge of Transformation in the 21st Century”, Professor Ademola Popoola described the topic as appropriate, saying it will offer a panoramic view of the Judiciary’s past developments in the present dispensation and possibly a preview of the desired state of affairs.

The NJI administrator, Justice Salisu Abdullahi, in his remarks stated: “Those chosen for the award conferment are outstanding luminaries whose influence and achievements have extended beyond the Nigerian Judiciary.”

He explained that the ceremony is the third of its kind since the inception of the institute in 1991, and the first in nine years.