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Governor Otu Charges Judiciary To Re-Invent Itself Through Self-Cleansing


Gov. Bassey Otu

Amid public criticism, the Cross River State Governor, Senator Bassey Otu has charged the judiciary in Nigeria on the need to re-invent itself through self-cleansing procedure.

The governor in press release by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Ogbeche, gave the charge in Calabar on Monday, January 8 at the swearing-in of three newly appointed High Court Judges in the state saying, judges should restore faith in the judiciary.

He said , “as they are sworn-in today as members of the full bench at a time the judiciary nationwide is under unbridled public criticism; a lot of judicial expertise is expected from them”.

As the debate on the veracity or otherwise of the public claims rages on, Otu said “the undisputed fact remains that the judiciary needs to re-invent itself through self-cleansing procedure. The National Judicial Council of Nigeria (NJCN) should not relent in banging the gavel on erring judicial officers.

While acknowledging the three elevated judges for their hard work which necessitated their elevation, Gov. Otu expresses concern about the public criticism of the judiciary nationwide urging the judges to restore the trust of the common man

“The three judges sworn-in today must therefore live above board to rekindle the faith and trust of the common man in the judiciary,” he said.

He stated that the three judges so elevated today are “carefully chosen among the legal luminaries in the State Judiciary. They are therefore found to be an embodiment of hard-work, sincerity, integrity and with a firm knowledge and understanding of the law.”

Furthermore, the governor charged the Judiciary to assist the society in the decongestion of Correctional Centres through the effective use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) option.

The Governor emphasized that the principle of separation of powers between the three arms of government is purely for checks and balances and not for opposition and friction

Therefore, “the current symbiotic relationship between the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary in the state is therefore worthy of commendation” he said noting that “it has facilitated the seamless movement of the machinery of government. The resultant effect is the accelerated growth and development of the State. May I therefore sue for more of this cooperation for the good of the State.”

Earlier, in her remarks, the State Chief Judge, Justice Akon Ikpeme, advised the newly elevated judges to discharge their duties with the fear of God and in accordance to the rule of the law.

“You are coming into an arena which requires integrity, impartiality and efficiency. I charge you to give judgement with fairness and according to the Rule of Law.

“As you take your oath this afternoon, don’t just recite it as anything, listen to the wordings of the oath and keep to it,” Justice Ikpeme charged the new judges.

The three newly appointed High Court Judges in the state are; Hon. Justice Ama Edet Ekpo, Hon. Justice Theresa Ansa Agom and Hon. Justice Jarlath Ogar Agim.


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