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Ihedioha swears in nine judges, pledges independence of judiciary


Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, has pledged that his administration would ensure the independence of the judiciary and ensure the rule of law.

Ihedioha stated this yesterday while swearing-in seven judges of the state’s High Court and two of the Customary Court of Appeal at the Government House, Owerri. He charged them to discharge their duties fairly.

“To ensure good governance, the three arms of government must coexist as separate organs of government independently, but collaboratively.

“We have reconstituted the Judicial Service Commission; renovation of Judges Quarters has begun. We have also ensured the payment of salaries of Judges when due and provided official guards for them. This administration achieved these feats within a short period of time, despite our financial constraints,” the governor said.

He disclosed that out of the 33 Judges recommended for an appointment across the country by the National Judicial Council, NJC, nine were approved for Imo State.

Ihedioha said, “The NJC approved nine Judges for Imo State, which is the highest, trailed by Rivers State, which got approval for 4 Judges.

“This is a testimony of our unwavering resolve to entrench the tenets of rule of law, which can be achieved with an efficient and formidable judiciary.”

Speaking, the Chief Judge of Imo State, Paschal Nnadi, expressed delight that the governor had revitalised the Judiciary in the State, which accounted for numerous gains recorded in the judicial system, including dispensing of cases.

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