Saturday, September 19, 2020

Governor Okowa Swears in 3 Judges, Says Judicial Autonomy Bill Became Law

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On Friday, Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa swore in three new judges to the state’s Customary Court of Appeals.

The governor, who was serving in Asaba, said that the autonomy bill for the judiciary in the state had been enacted.

It tasked the new judges of the customary court of appeal to ensure prompt administration of justice at all times.

The new judges are, Judges, Dele Okafor, Grace Abanre and Jessica Gberevbie.

Okowa, while congratulating the judges, said their appointments were based on their personal integrity and years of experience.

However, he urged them to use their experiences in the performance of their duties.

He thanked the Chief Judge, Judge Marshall Umukoro, and the President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Judge Stella Oghene, for their efforts to ensure that justice is delivered quickly in the state.

Okowa said that with the appointment of the new judges, the usual appellate court in the state could now function more efficiently.

He said that before the appointment of new judges, it was sometimes difficult to constitute the required number on a panel to resolve an issue.

The governor reiterated the commitment of his administration to collaborate with the judiciary to guarantee a speedy administration of justice.

He said that the judiciary as an arm of government would soon be autonomous as the legislative arm of the state.

“We have continued as a state to ensure that we partner with the judiciary to ensure that there is a speedy administration of justice.

“For this I must thank those who kept the process going until the inauguration of the new judges of the usual court of appeal.

“There is no doubt that the deltas and Nigerians have continued to yearn for a speedy dispensation of justice and I want to call on our newly sworn judges to ensure their commitment to the dispensing of justice, fairness and fairness in all that they do.

“I know it is a difficult job that they have been summoned to, but they have been appointed on the basis of their personal integrity and years of experience and I hope that is put into practice to ensure the speedy dispensation of justice.

“There is no doubt that we are in a very difficult time right now, but I am sure that they should be able to sit in their various courts in accordance with the preventive coronavirus (COVID-19) protocols that have been implemented by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).

“And I hope that even in these difficult times you can handle the cases that come before you.

“As judges, they know that in everything they do, they must be firm, fair and resolute in the performance of their duties.

“I am confident that as judges of the Delta courts, we will be proud of the sentences they give and that they give sentences without fear or favor,” he said.

Responding on behalf of the judges, Judge Dele Okafor thanked God, the governor and those who made it possible for them to emerge as judges.

He assured that they would fulfill their duties without fear or favor.

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