Ugwuanyi swears in Acting Chief Judge
Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi yesterday swore in Justice Priscilla Ngozi Emehelu as the acting Chief Judge (CJ) of the state following the retirement of the former occupant, Justice Innocent Umezulike.
Justice Emehelu was sworn in after an oath of office administered by the state’s Solicitor General, Mr. Victor Emeribe at the state executive council hall.
The governor said Emehelu’s swearing-in was consistent with Section 271 (4) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
He stated that he had received two letters recommending the former CJ’s suspension and compulsory retirement from office.
“Accordingly, Justice Ngozi Priscilla Emehelu, the most senior Judge of the High Court of Enugu State, has been appointed and sworn in as the acting Chief Judge of Enugu State,” Ugwuanyi noted.
In her response, Justice Emehelu attributed her appointment to providence and pledged to carry out the responsibilities of her new office to the best of her abilities and with the fear of God.
She was appointed High Court Judge in 1998 and had previously been Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state.