The Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria (MULAN) paid a courtesy visit to the Chief Judge of Lagos State on Friday, 15th October, 2021, a statement from the MULAN Administrative Secretary, Kazeem Oyinwola has said.
The visiting team was led by MULAN President, Professor Ibrahim A. Abikan, in the company of Fausat Bakare, Esq., the National Financial Secretary of the Association. Other members of the team included Mr. Misbaudeen Ajibola Kaka, the Chairman, Lagos Branch of MULAN and some elders of the Association.
MULAN used the deliberations to commend the Chief Judge for his courage in designating the Ifako/Ijaye Customary Court to be hearing matters of Islamic Personal Laws involving Muslim marriages, divorce, maintenance and custody of children, inheritance etc.
The president of MULAN, who described the initiative as promotion of inclusive justice system and access to justice, maintained that the initiative would engender improved confidence in the judiciary. He therefore, on behalf of MULAN, urged the Chief Judges of other states, especially those in the Southern Nigeria to borrow a leaf from the initiative of Lagos State for a more inclusive justice sector and national integration.
In his reaction, the Chief Judge thanked MULAN for its visit and intervention on critical national issues. His Lordship reiterated that the Lagos Judicial Service Commission under his leadership was encouraged to take this initiative by the need to be fair to all while operating within the extant laws. He urged MULAN to headhunt for people versatile in Common and Islamic Law as he strives to ensure that access is available in all judicial divisions of the state.
He further urged MULAN Lagos branch to encourage its diligent members to show interest in the state judiciary for appointment to the Bench.