Wike swears in first female CJ in Rivers

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike swearing-in the State Chief Judge, Justice Daisy Wotube Okocha at the Executive Council Chamber of Government House, Port Harcourt on Monday.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike swearing-in the new State Chief Judge, Justice Daisy Wotube Okocha at the Executive Council Chamber of Government House, Port Harcourt on Monday
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, on Monday sworn in the first female Chief Judge of the State, Justice Daisy Okocha, who has been in acting capacity since June 1, 2015, after series of controversy trailed her nomination as Chief Judge.
The Governor said the state government acted in line with the recommendation of NJC, which was confirmed by the Court of Appeal on December 23, 2015.
Wike charged the new Chief Judge to always uphold the constitution and carry other members of the bench along in the decision making process.
It would be recalled that he NJC recommended the appointment of Justice Okocha as Chief Judge of Rivers State on 22nd July, 2013, while the Court of Appeal on December 23, 2015 set aside a Federal High Court judgment which had initially ruled that the state governor is not bound to comply with the recommendation of the NJC.
In her remarks after being sworn in , Justice Okocha thanked God for making her elevation possible after two years of uncertainty.
She said: “This is a solemn moment for me. The NJC recommendation of 22nd July, 2013 came to manifestation on January 4, 2016. God has glorified himself in my elevation as Chief Judge; Man can try, but only God’s counsel will prevail.”
She commended Governor Wike for giving the Judiciary the required independence to carry out its constitutional responsibilities.
Meanwhile, Governor Wike has said that, it was wrong to allow the discretion of sitting governors to override the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC),especially with regards to the nomination of Chief judges. He, therefore, called for an end to such privilege.
Wike said, “allowing the judiciary to be subjected to the discretion of sitting governors would desecrate the independence of the Judiciary and lead to abuses that would negatively affect the dispensation of justice.
“The system will collapse if we refuse to respect the judicial system of succession as laid out. My administration will never do anything that will threaten the rule of law. We will always uphold the customs and traditions of the Judiciary. We never break down the laid down procedure.

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