The Lagos State Judiciary says it has handed two of its officials over to the police for alleged corruption.
The Head of Chambers, Lagos State Judiciary, Mrs. Judith Momodu, said, in a statement on Wednesday, that the unnamed court workers were arrested on Tuesday alongside a serving corps member.
According to Momodu, the arrested officials, who work in the court’s Litigation Registry, were allegedly in the habit of not issuing receipts for payment of services offered to court users.
Momodu described the arrest of the officials as the practical demonstration of the newly-inaugurated Chief of Justice of Lagos State, Justice Opeyemi Oke’s zero tolerance for corruption.
She said the arrest of the two officials and corps member came shortly after a tout who had been impersonating court officials was arrested.
The statement read in part, “The Honourable Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Opeyemi Oke, in her inaugural speech and upon assumption of office as the 16th Chief Judge of Lagos State, made it clear that it is a ‘New Dawn for Lagos State Judiciary.’
“She stated thus, ‘I shall lead by example with zero tolerance for corruption.’ It is not surprising, therefore, that precisely one month and one week after the inaugural speech, the quest for a judiciary which epitomizes discipline, honesty, integrity, credence, dignity, honour, zeal for result and excellence, came to the fore yesterday, 28th November, with the arrest of two officials and a youth corps member in the litigation registry for corrupt practices such as non-issuance of receipts for payment made by court users.
“A tout, who had been in the habit of impersonating as a Lagos State Judiciary staff member and defrauding court users, was equally arrested yesterday.”