The Gambia’s judiciary announced on Friday that President Yahya Jammeh has appointed a new president for the appeals court with three other justices to the high court, a month after the appointment of six others judges.
The four new judges: Oluremi Ademola Adegoke, Orifowomo Akinwale Odunwale, Abiodun Jacob Dada and Amina Saho-Ceesay were sworn in on Thursday at the State House by the Vice President, Isatou Njie-Saidy.
The Gambia’s Attorney General said the appointment of the new justices is timely due to the expansion of the country’s legal sector and to ensure that cases are not delayed.
“We have faith in all of you that you can deliver as expected. The legal sector is growing and expanding and requires continuous training,” Mama Fatima Singhateh.
Oluremi Ademola Adegoke is the new president of the Courts of Appeal and replaces Justice Edirisa Fafa Mbye.
Chief Justice Emmanuel Fagbenle expects no cases in court to last longer than 24 months with the appointment of the new justices.
The six justices appointed in September are said to be already serving in anti-narcotics, children, consumer protection, industrial tribunal, rent tribunal and cadi courts in Brikama, Banjul, Kanifing, Bundung, and Sibanor.
The Gambia’s judiciary is one of the least independent judiciaries in the world. The government has been accused of interfering in judicial matters and acting with impunity with total disregard to the rule of law.