… As Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Majority leader, other principal officers sponsor amended law bill
MOUTHPIECE NGR reports that magistrate law amended bill to make the retirement age of magistrate 65yrs, entered a second reading during a plenary session of Oyo state House of Assembly on Wednesday.
The bill had earlier entered a first reading to further amend the magistrate courts law, Cap. 82 Vol. III, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.
It was sponsored by the Oyo state Speaker, R.t. Hon. Debo Ogundoyin, representing Ibarapa East Constituency; Deputy Speaker, Abiodun Fadeyi, representing Ona Ara State Constituency; Oyo majority leader, Sanjo Adedoyin, representing Ogbomoso South Constituency, as well as other principal officers.
Speaking with our correspondent, the Oyo majority leader, Sanjo Adedoyin, said that Magistrate Courts are certainly recognised by the Constitution and Magistrates clearly fall within the scope of the definition of judicial officers under Section 291(2) of the Constitution.
He argued that since the remuneration of Magistrates is the responsibility of State Governments, they can’t be excluded from a review of age retirement to 65yrs which is already enjoyed by the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal Justices.
The lawmaker added that the House had the second reading of the bill today, for the magistrate law amended bill to make the retirement age of magistrate 65yrs as the first reading was done on Tuesday.