From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The Southern Kaduna Lawyers Forum (SKLF) has honoured three distinguished jurists from southern Kaduna in the persons of Justice Kumai Aka’ahs, Justice David Wyom and Justice Benedict Kanyip.
The Chairman of the Forum, Mr Francis Kozah disclosed this during a dinner in Kafanchan in recognition of their meritorious and unblemished service to the Nigerian Judiciary.
He explained that the honour was to celebrate sheer hard work and doggedness of the trio as distinguished jurists from southern Kaduna.
“We are here to celebrate God’s faithfulness for our very own Aka’ahs who retired as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and Wyom who retired as a Judge of Kaduna State High Court.
“Aka’ahs and Wyom have left as erudite judicial officers of unmatched integrity, discipline, hard work, diligence and above all, unblemished.
“On the other hand, Justice Kanyip is today the President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, the first southern Kaduna indigene to head a federal court in the country.
“The Lord has indeed done great things for us,” Kozah said.
The Chairman on the occasion, Justice James Abiriyi, commended SKLF for recognising their own for their exceptional feat in service to Nigerian judiciary and urged young lawyers to emulate them.
Also speaking, Gen. Zamani Lekwot, an elder statesman lauded the initiative and commended the forum for their consistency in protecting the rights of the marginalised.
Mr Zakari Sogfa, in a paper entitled, “Toast to Excellence” pointed out that the honourees were among pioneers of the legal profession in southern Kaduna in the 1970s and early 1980s.
Responding on behalf of the award recipient, Aka’ahs thanked SKLF for the honour and urged the forum to make the dinner an annual event to motivate more people..
“You can also use the event to take stoke of achievements, challenges and suggest way forward,” he said.