Group honours FTC CJ, Bello, Gadzama, others ON JUNE 16, 201612:41 AMIN LAW & HUMAN RIGHTS, NEWSCOMMENTS By Onozure Dania A NON-governmental organisation, Law, Media and Social Justice Development Initiative, LMSJI, has honoured the Chief Judge of Federal Capital Territory, Justice Ishaq Bello as an eminent Jurist, therefore conferring him with the Eminent Jurist Award. Also honoured was Chief Joseph-Kyari Gadzama, SAN, who was presented with Patron of Media Lawyers in Nigeria Award, while Prof. Paul Oboh Idornigie, SAN, was presented with Patron of Social Justice in Nigeria Award. Mr Charles Odenigbo presenting an award to the special guest of honour, Justice Isaq Bello, Chief Judge of Abuja High Court while the Chairman of the event, Mr. Washed Odusile (r) applaud during the Law, Media and Social Justice Development round-table on Reporting Court Proceedings by the Media held in Abuja. Making the presentations, President of LMSJI and former Chairman, Lawyers in the Media Forum, LIM, Mr. Charles Odenigbo said: “ I want to use this platform to examine the operations of the judiciary in the Federal Capital Territory and establish if it can be a model for other states to emulate. Our special report on the FCT judiciary shows some landmark achievements under the leadership of Justice Ishaq Bello “Justice Bello has activated two judiciary divisions in the FCT. These are the FCT High Court, Gwagwalada and Bwari judicial divisions. Both of them have Deputy Registrars and administrative staff. It saves the time and energy of litigants as well as those seeking to get affidavits and letters of administration. They do not need to go to Maitama again.” On Chief J-K Gadzama, Odenigbo said, “He has always stood as a pillar behind media lawyers in the country over the years. If not that the incumbent Chairman of LIM calls me ‘the father of modern LIM’, Chief J-K Gadzama would have been conferred with that title. He is indeed a father figure to us, always there to advise, protect and promote the interest of media lawyers in the country. “He is always ready and willing to answer us even at the shortest notice, in fact our relationship J-K is like that of father and children, hence, we appreciate him with this Award as a symbol of our appreciation for his kindness and promotion of social justice in the country. “Prof. Paul Idornigie, SAN, my teacher at the Law School has carved a niche for himself as a perfect gentleman. An exemplary teacher of law, internationally renowned arbitrator and a builder of human and material resources. A lover and promoter of social justice. We also appreciate him,” Odenigbo said.
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