“For years now I have heard the word ‘Wait!’ It rings in the ear … with a piercing familiarity. This ‘wait’ has almost always meant ‘never.’ We must come to see with the distinguished jurist of yesterday that ‘justice too long delayed is justice denied.'” – Martin Luther King Jnr.
In line with the doctrine of separation of powers, which is a cardinal feature of a democratic system, the Nigerian Constitution guarantees the independence of the Judiciary. The Legislature is responsible for making laws and the Executive is charged with the implementation of such law, the Judiciary is responsible for the interpretation of the law in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.
Frederick Douglass also famously said that “where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”
Believing that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”, I recently visited the Ilorin High Court to file a case to curb the roots of, and seek justiciable indemnification for over a decade of frivolously repetitive malicious falsehood and vituperation, misinformation and disinformation, in recognition of the fact that the Kwara State High Court of Justice is the highest English law court in the State.
📖: The Kwara State High Court is presided over by the Chief Judge of the State who is assisted by other Judges. There are 23 High Courts in Kwara State; 14 in Ilorin the state’s capital and one each in Offa, Erin ile, Igbaja, Omu-Aran, Osi, Lafiagi, Jebba, Afon and Kaiama.