16 June 2021 By Josiah Buzun
The new President of the Plateau State Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Blessing Lyop Dalyop has been sworn in by Governor Simon Bako Lalong with a charge for her to uphold the tenets of justice, good conscience and fairness.
Speaking during the event at Government House Jos, the Governor said the task before the acting President of the Customary Court of appeal was enormous but expressed optimism that she has the experience and capacity to discharge the assignment effectively.
Lalong said with his experience as a Lawyer, one time law maker and now Governor, he has great appreciation of the role judges play in moderating interactions between individuals, Government and organisations in the society.
He drew the attention of Justice Blessing Dalyop and the Judiciary to the need to expeditiously deal with cases involving suspects who were arrested for crimes such as attacks on innocent citizens, kidnappings and cultism among others.
He told the Acting President of the Customary Court that she is coming into office at a time when the Judiciary in Plateau State is being ushered into the era of the long anticipated Autonomy which in the last few months has been on the front burner in the country.
He noted that this would make her job easier as she delivers inspiring and accountable leadership to the Court, stressing that the implementation of full autonomy does not in any way translate to an automatic resolution of all the challenges that the judiciary faces.
Justice Blessing Dalyop appreciated God, the Judiciary and the Governor for her appointment and assured that she will put in her best to lead the Customary Court of Appeal in delivering justice to the people.
Justice Blessing Dalyop replaces the former President of the Court, late Justice Sati Patrick Dapit who died in April 2021.