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Lagos Assembly Seeks Dissolution of Judicial Service Commission By Ambode

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Hon. Sanai Agunbiade

Hon. Sanai Agunbiade

The Lagos State House of Assembly last week Thursday called on Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode to dissolve the membership of the Judicial Service Commission following the expiration of their five-year tenure.
This followed a motion moved by the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade (APC- Ikorodu 1) and seconded by Abiodun Tobun (APC-Epe 1) during plenary.
Agunbiade in the motion titled: “The call for the dissolution of the Lagos State Judicial Service Commission” premised the call on the expiration of the stipulated five year tenure of the membership of the commission.
He said: “This House knows that according to Section 197 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended that there shall be establishment of State Judicial Service Commission.
“We further know that Lagos State Judicial Service Commission sees to the appointment, promotion, discipline and control, recommendation for National Judicial Council for the appointment of the Chief Judge and judges of the High Courts
“Observe that the current membership of the Lagos State Judicial Service Commission of Thursday Feb. 25, 2010 established the current membership of the commission and was confirmed by Lagos State House of Assembly.
“We further observed that section 197 (1) C of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) approved the five year tenure of the commission from the date of appointment.
“Observe that the Chairman and the members are still in position in spite of the fact that their tenure was expected to expire in February 2015.
After a voice vote conducted by the Speaker, Rt. (Hon.) Mudashiru Obasa, which favoured adoption of the motion, Obasa said:
“This House resolves to call on His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode to dissolve the current memberships of the Lagos State Judicial Service Commission to the effect of the expiration of their five year tenure.”
Meanwhile, the House constituted an ad hoc committee to review the Assembly Code of Ethics to meet with the current reality. This followed a motion moved by the Chief Whip of the House, Hon. Rotimi Abiru (APC-Shomolu 2) and Hon. Yinka Ogundimu (APC-Agege 2)
The Speaker, Rt. (Hon.) Mudashiru Obasa said: “This House resolves to constitute an ad hoc committee to review the 2001 Code of Ethics with the view to make necessary recommendations” After a voice vote and adoption, the Speaker listed the committee members to be Hon. Rotimi Abiru (APC-Shomolu 2), Hon. Omotayo Oduntan (APC-Alimosho 2), and Hon. Yinka Ogundimu (APC-Agege-2).
Others are: Hon. Segun Olulade (APC-Epe 2), Hon. Mosunmola Sangodara-Rotimi (PDP-Surulere 2) and Hon. Hakeem Bello (PDP-Amunwo-Odofin).

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