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Lalong Pays Tribute to Retiring Plateau Chief Judge


Plateau State Governor, Barr. Simon Lalong was on hand recently to witness the bowing out from service its third indigenous Chief Judge, Justice Pius Damulak. The governor described the former Chief Judge of the State as a man who upheld the process of justice delivery in ensuring that it did not fall foul of the law to make the judiciary an object of public ridicule in the face of growing corruption and loss of societal values in the country. Governor Simon Lalong stated this at the valedictory session in honour of the Former Chief Judge held at the Plateau State High Court Complex in Jos, the State’s capital. According to Governor Lalong: “Today we are not only celebrating the retiring Chief Judge, my Lord Justice Pius Damulak KSS, CON, but we are remembering his contribution to life beyond legal jurisprudence. One eulogy one after another, we are reminded of the hard work, dedication, commitment and sacrifices he made in the sleepless night; life that was spent in research, in comparative study of judgment, the sophisticated isolation of facts and putting them against points of law to make a sound judgment which justifies the place of the courts as the Temple of Justice and the place of hope for the common man.

” According to the governor, “We celebrate and remember the service of a man who has contributed his quota beyond words, in ensuring that all through his service as a legal practitioner, judge and head of the judiciary, the process of justice delivery did not fall foul of the law; and that is the profession he has lived for all his life; is not in any way made an object of public ridicule in the face of growing corruption and loss of societal values. “The sound judgments, the practice direction you have given, the mentoring, the benevolence, the smile you put on the faces of litigants, the peace you have brokered, and all the value addition that you have made in the administration of the State Judiciary, have carved a niche for you in the annals of history and you have now been engraved unto the plague of Judicial Honour; You are not only finishing well, but finishing strong with a record that is worthy of emulation by posterity.

” Governor Lalong assured the retiring Chief Judge, “All that you have longed to see in the State, which will guarantee efficient and effective justice delivery will be done by our administration. You have seen how far we have gone with our commitment and you know how much we are willing to do. Please rest and be convinced that we shall not relent, because while in retirement, your advisory access to power which you have earned as an elder statesman will keep us under your watch.” Governor Lalong while swearing-in Justice Yakubu Gyang Dakwak as the acting Chief Judge of Plateau State at the Presidential Lodge, old Government House Rayfield in Jos, charged Justice Gyang to give his all in the fight against corruption in the State. Justice Yakubu Gyang pledged his commitment in building on the success story of the outgoing Chief Judge and will strived on the fight against corruption in the State. The outgoing Chief Judge was appointed a judge of the High Court in 1990. he became the Acting-Chief Judge of Plateau State on January 29, 2014 then got confirmed as a substantial Chief Judge of Plateau State on August 25, 2014 by former Governor Jonah David Jang now Senator representing Plateau North in the National Assembly Abuja. He became the third indigenous Chief Judge of the State since independence.

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