Okorocha, Orji swear in new chief judges

Okorocha, Orji swear in new chief judges

Monday, December 22, 2014 9:52 pm

Gov. Rochas Okorocha of the eastern Nigerian state of Imo and his Abia state counterpart, Governor Theodore Orji today swore in, at separate ceremonies, the chief judges for their states.

In Owerri, Okorocha swore in Justice Paschal Nnadi as the new Chief Judge Imo state.

Okorocha commended the immediate past Chief Judge of the state, Justice Benjamin Njemanze, for working in tandem with the “Rescue Mission” to host the conference of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in the state.

He also lauded Njemanze for ensuring the building of the Judicial Service Secretariat and the renovation of Customary Court buildings.

Justice Nnadi, the 10th Chief Judge of the state, described his appointment as divine.

He thanked the Judicial Service Commission for maintaining its selection strictly on character, administrative skills and respect for constituted authorities.

He promised not to betray the confidence reposed in him, adding that he would deliver his service as expected.

In Umuahia, capital of Abia state, Governor Theodore Orji, at a separate ceremony swore in Justice Theresa Uzokwe as Chief Judge (CJ) of the State.

Orji charged the new CJ “to ensure unity in the judiciary by carrying her colleagues along in the scheme of things.’’

Describing Uzokwe as “intelligent and experienced,’’ the governor advised the CJ to draw from her wealth of experience, having acted as CJ at different times, to take the judiciary to higher heights.

He noted that the judiciary had recorded some developmental strides in the last few months under her watch as the acting CJ and urged her to sustain the tempo “now that you have become the substantive CJ.”

Responding, the CJ thanked the governor for giving her the opportunity to serve the state.

She promised not to rest on her oars in the efforts to uplift the judiciary. Uzokwe, who began her legal career about 33 years ago, hails from Anambra state.

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