The governor of Enugu State, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Thursday, swore in six new judges into the state judiciary, with a task on them ‘for more efficient administration and speedy dispensation of justice in the state’.
Those sworn in are Martha Nkiru Aroh-Onuoha, Paul Chukwuemeka Ugwueze, Hyacinthia Urunwa Ezugwu, Juliet Uchenna Mogboh, and Okey Paulinus Anike as high court judges, and Dr Richard Emeka Ogbodo as a judge of the Customary Court of Appeal of the state.
The governor said during the event that the action followed the recommendations of the National Judicial Council (NJC) in compliance with Section 271, sub-section 2, and Section 281, sub-section 2 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He added that the appointment was ‘a relief to the Enugu State judiciary and the people of the state’.
Gov Ugwuanyi highlighted some of the interventions of his administration in the judiciary sector to include the reconstruction of the state judiciary headquarters complex in Enugu, construction of one new high court building, eleven new magistrates’ courts, two new open registry buildings, new permanent customary court of appeal headquarters building, 34 new model customary court buildings (two in each local government areas), as well as provision of equipment.
The chief judge of Enugu State, Hon Justice Priscilla Ngozi Emehelu, while describing the swearing-in of the judges as historic, added that the state judiciary, from 2016 to date, had produced fifteen judges.
She said, “The committee from the National Judicial Council (NJC) came and inspected what we had on the ground and, having been satisfied, gave us the green light which has culminated in the exercise we are performing today.”
One of the judges sworn in, Hon Justice Aroh-Onuoha, thanked Gov Ugwuanyi for the elevation, and promised that they would discharge their duties effectively.
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