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Gov. Ugwuanyi swears in Justice Ozoemena as Acting Chief Judge, Enugu State

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Following the retirement of Hon. Justice Ngozi Priscilla Emehelu, the instant previous Chief Choose of Enugu State, from the service of the State Judiciary on September 7, 2021, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Wednesday swore in Hon. Justice Afojulu Raymond Ozoemena because the appearing Chief Choose.

Swearing in Hon. Justice Ozoemena because the appearing Chief Choose, Gov. Ugwuanyi defined that the choice was based mostly on the order of seniority of the Judges of Enugu Excessive Courtroom as confirmed by the Nationwide Judicial Council (NJC) through its letter Ref. No. NJC/S.14/HC.EN/9/1/228 dated September 1, 2021.

The governor acknowledged that the 1999 Structure of Nigeria, as amended, didn’t ponder that emptiness ought to exist within the workplace of the Chief Choose of a State given the sensitivity of the workplace and its capabilities.

He added that part 271 sub-section 4 of the Structure empowers the Governor of a State to nominate essentially the most senior Choose of the Excessive Courtroom to carry out the capabilities of a Chief Choose of a State if emptiness happens within the place till an individual has been appointed to and has assumed the capabilities of that workplace.

Gov. Ugwuanyi subsequently congratulated Hon. Justice Ozoemena for his well-deserved appointment because the appearing Chief Choose of Enugu State, expressing confidence that he’ll deliver his juristic erudition, various expertise and gravitas to bear on the administration of the Enugu State Judiciary.

Based on the governor, “I want you effectively and pray for God to grant you the power and knowledge to discharge this herculean obligation”.

Responding, Hon. Justice Ozoemena thanked God for making it attainable for him to be sworn in as appearing Chief Choose of Enugu State and appreciated Gov. Ugwuanyi, who he mentioned he holds in excessive esteem, for his elevation.

The appearing Chief Choose paid glowing tributes to the retired Chief Choose, Hon. Justice Emehelu, for the standard management she offered within the State Judiciary and promised to maintain all of the worthy legacies she left behind in addition to enhance on them.

“I’m personally influenced by what Hon. Justice Emehelu did; the way in which she was mothering all of us; we regarded her as a Mommy within the State Judiciary”, he mentioned.

Hon. Justice Ozoemena additionally urged the Judges and different officers of the Judiciary to accord him the identical most help and cooperation they accorded the outgone Chief Choose “as a result of I’ve come to serve the State Judiciary”.

The occasion was witnessed by the Deputy Governor, Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, the President, State Customary Courtroom of Attraction, Hon. Justice George Nnamani, the Chief Choose emeritus, Hon. Justice Emehelu, the State Lawyer-Normal, Chief Miletus Eze, Judges, members of the State Judicial Service Fee, the Deputy Chief of Employees to the Governor, Prof. Malachy Okwueze, and the Commissioner for Particular Duties, Hon. Mrs. Mabel Agbo, amongst others.

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