The Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Justice Ishaq Usman Bello, on Tuesday bowed out of service on the attainment of 65 years of age.
This is whilst he declared in his speech at a valedictory court docket session held in his honour that the best energy of the judiciary remained the belief, reliance and religion of the folks in it.
Bello, who turned the FCT CJ on May 28, 2015, stated that in a democratic arrange like Nigeria’s, the judiciary needed to be impartiality.
“I solemnly accept as true the saying that the greatest strength of the judiciary is the trust, reliance and faith of the people in it.
“In several cases, I have seen the court take decisions against the state as well for the achievement of the ends of justice. I know this well because I have delivered some myself,” the retiring CJ stated.
According to him, aside the truth that the place of a decide accorded respect on him, such decide ought to claim his judicial freedom and impartiality with a view to defending the rights of the person in opposition to lawlessness and something that distorts good order and societal stability.
“The position of a judge is an exalted one which accords the holder great respect by all and sundry.
“He is expected to assert his judicial freedom and impartiality and to use all his skills to protect the rights of the individual against lawlessness, arbitrariness or anything that distorts good order and societal stability.
“I can state determinedly that in today’s world just as it was when I ventured into this profession, kindheartedness and compassion are essential virtues and I have striven to always keep that in my mind while discharging my duties,” he stated.
Justice Bello famous that in his very lively years as a decide, which ended at the moment, he lived as much as the expectation of a decide and he had executed the needful to construct public confidence and belief.
According to him, he had all the time saved in thoughts the phrases of the fantastic Quran that: “O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even though it be against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, be he rich or poor, Allah is a Better Protector to both (than you).
“So follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you may avoid justice, and if you distort your witness or refuse to give it, verily, Allah is Ever Well-Acquainted with what you do (Surah Àn-Nisa 135).”
In his goodwill message on the event, the FCT Minister, Mallam Mohammed Bello, described Justice Bello as an individual with very deep ardour for utilizing the instrumentality of regulation to dispense justice particularly for these seemingly ensnared within the courts and in addition the correctional programs.
The minister said that Bello additional demonstrated this whereas he served because the chairman of the Presidential Committee on Decongestion of Prisons and Prison Reforms in Nigeria, amongst different adhoc assignments he carried out for the nation.
“His efforts as the chairman of the Presidential Committee on Decongestion of Prisons and Prison Reforms in Nigeria which is one of the many of such ad-hoc but highly sensitive assignments he has diligently undertaken has seen to big leaps being taken forward in our quest of having a correctional system that really achieves its objectives of genuine reformation of Nigerians who owe debts to society.
“We will also honour our commitment to Justice Bello in his quest for the establishment of a Children and Young Persons’ Court which is a project for which he has great passion.
“We are a little bit saddened that certain circumstances very much beyond our control in the course of the year had prevented us from making as much progress as we would have wished on this matter,” the minister stated.
He, nonetheless, assured the outgoing CJ that earlier than the tip of his tenure as FCT Minister, the FCT Administration would do its greatest to finish the Children and Young Persons’ Court within the Territory.
Speaking on behalf of the Body of Benchers, Dr Alex Izinyon SAN, stated Justice Bello was in a position to document the successes he achieved throughout his tenure on account of his nice willpower and arduous work.
According to Izinyon, Bello didn’t solely achieved successes but in addition constructed males through the quick time he served because the FCT Chief Judge.
“These are fellow judges, magistrates, area court judges, Sharia Court judges and administrators in the judiciary. That is the best legacy for a leader to leave.
“It is in affinity with an Indian proverb which says: If you are planning for one year plant rice. If you are planning for ten years plant trees, if you are planning for 100 years plant people.
“My lord has planted these people and the inevitable harvest is the legacy created. We salute my lord,” the senior advocate stated.
Describing Bello as a jurist per excellence, Izinyon submitted that the retiring CJ actually got here, noticed and conquered within the environment of the FCT judiciary and the nation at giant.
Dignities in attendance on the valedictory court docket session included the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Mohammed; Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, representatives of Akwa Ibom governor, amongst others.