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Enugu Chief Judge fawns over appointment of new Judges

Six new justices were sworn in on Thursday by the governor in Enugu.

• January 8, 2021

The Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Priscilla Emehelu, was full of glowing praises to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi over the appointment of a new set of judges for the state.

Six new justices were sworn in on Thursday by the governor in Enugu.

Ms. Emehelu stated that, prior to the inception of governor Ugwuanyi’s administration, the state’s Judiciary could not get “even one slot for appointment.”

She described the swearing-in of the new Judges as historic and stressed that it was remarkable to note that the State Judiciary under the present administration, from 2016 to date, has produced 15 Judges.

The chief judge thanked Mr. Ugwuanyi for making the feat possible, stressing that it could not have been possible if not for his administration’s massive infrastructural interventions in the State Judiciary.

According to her, a committee of the NJC came and inspected what we had on the ground and having been satisfied, gave us the green light which culminated in the appointment of the judges.

Responding on behalf of other newly sworn-in Judges, Justice Nkeiru Aroh-Onuoha, thanked God and governor Ugwuanyi for the elevation.

She commended the governor for his administration’s unprecedented interventions in the Judiciary.

Ms. Aroh-Onuoha also appreciated the State Chief Judge for her motivation and support, and other officials who contributed towards their accomplishment.

The Judges sworn in were Justices Nkiru Aroh-Onuoha, Paul Ugwueze, Hyacinthia Ezugwu, Juliet Mogboh, Paulinus Anike as High Court judge.

Justice Richard Ogbodo was sworn-in as a Judge of the Customary Court of Appeal of the state.

Governor Ugwuanyi, while swearing-in the judges said the move is to enhance speedy justice delivery in the state.

He lamented the difficulties being experienced because of the death of Judges in the state.

Mr. Ugwuanyi pointed out that the appointment of the new Judges was “a timeous” relief to the Enugu State Judiciary and the people of the state.

He congratulated the new Judges on their well-deserved appointments and charged them to bring their expertise and the requisite gravitas to bear on the discharge of their new responsibilities.

The governor explained that the action is sequel to his approval of 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.

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