Nigerian man Edirin Okoloko has been appointed as a judge by the United State governor Jay Inslee. Okoloko was appointed into the Snohomish County Superior Court.
According to Inslee, he disclosed that the middle-aged man was appointed because of his clear dedication to the legal profession.
Edirin Okoloko has worked for the past 13 years in the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where he is a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney working on homicide, sexual assault, child abuse, and elder abuse cases. He will replace Judge George Bowden who is retiring, Nigerian media reports.
A Nigerian, Edirin Okoloko was sworn in as a Judge today in the US State of Washington pic.twitter.com/N9mjnjKHMb
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Okoloko, who hails from Ekakpamre in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, received his Bachelor of Law from the University of Benin in Nigeria and his law degree from the Seattle University School of Law.
The eminent jurist, apart from his role as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney at the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, has also worked in the office’s violent crime, property crime, and District Court units.
Edirin represents the office on the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team which investigates incidents of suspected excessive force by police officers, The Guardian reported.
He has successfully prosecuted four murder trials and has been recognised by his office for completing a high volume of jury trials. Before working as a prosecutor, Okoloko served as a judicial law clerk for former Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Michael Downes.