If you call it a gathering of Judicial titans, you are not wrong. The Judiciary stands still today Monday 30th September 2019 as the President and Commander in Chief of Armed Forces, His Excellency, President Muhammad Buhari GCFR commissioned the annex edifice of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria headquarters complex situated at No 11 New Bussa Close, Area 3, Abuja.
While commissioning the gigantic and beautiful project, President Buhari stressed that all Nigerians irrespective of tribe, ethnic and religion deserve access to justice, promised to work closely with Judiciary for the betterment of the nation that the Judiciary would be adequately funded.
The epoch occasion also falls the same day the President of Industrial Court, Hon. Justice Babatunde Adejumo OFR retired from service upon clocking the statutory 65 years of age as stipulated in the Constitution.
The event had in attendance, heavyweight Law Lords, the Secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, Chief Law officer of the Nation, Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami SAN, Minister Federal Capital Territory, His Excellency, Mallam Musa Bello, Executive Governor of Ondo State, His Excellency Arakunrin Akeredolu ably represented by its deputy, His Excellency, Agboola, National Assembly members both serving and past, Senior Advocates of Nigeria, members of the Nigerian Bar, Captains of Industry and many others to mention a few.
Among the Law Lords and jurists of high repute in attendance were former Chief Justices of Nigeria, His Lordship, Hon. Justice Aloma Mariam Muktar, and Hon. Justice Mahmood Muhammed, the current Chief Justice of Nigeria, His Lordship, Hon. Justice Dr I. T. Muhammed, Justices of Court of appeal serving and retired, Judges of High Court, National Industrial Court, other coordinate courts.
The retiree, Hon. Justice Adejumo used the avenue to thank Almighty God and also educate the gathering about how is journey to Industrial Court started, praised all stakeholders who have contributed in one way or the other for his success in office, and prayed that Almighty God will reward them abundantly.
Without mincing words, whenever the history of the court is mentioned, the name Justice Adejumo must surface based on what he achieved on the development of labour Jurisprudence in Nigeria.