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Cross River swears in 3 High Court Judges

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Cross River on Monday 8 January 2024 sworn in three newly appointed judges of the High Court.

The judges are Hon. Justice Ama Edet Ekpo, Hon. Justice Theresa Ansa Agom and Hon. Justice Jarlath Ogar Agim.

Remarking after the swearing-in in Calabar, Governor Bassey Otu charged the judges to restore faith in the judiciary while emphasising that the principle of separation of powers between the three arms of government is purely for checks and balances and not for opposition and friction

His words: “Meanwhile, as they are sworn in today as members of the full bench at a time the judiciary nationwide is under unbridled public criticism; a lot of judicial expertise is expected from them.

“While the debate on the veracity or otherwise of the public claims rages on, the undisputed fact remains that the judiciary needs to re-invent itself through self-cleansing procedure. The National Judicial Council of Nigeria, NJCN should not relent in banging the gavel on erring judicial officers.

“The three judges sworn in today must, therefore, live above board to rekindle the faith and trust of the common man in the judiciary.”

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Otu added, “The current symbiotic relationship between the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary in the State is, therefore, worthy of commendation; as it has facilitated the seamless movement of the machinery of government. The resultant effect is the accelerated growth and development of the State. May I, therefore, sue for more of this cooperation for the good of the State.”

While acknowledging the three elevated judges for their hard work which necessitated their elevation, Governor Otu expressed concern about the public criticism of the judiciary nationwide urging the judges to restore the trust of the common man

“The three judges so elevated today are carefully chosen among the legal luminaries in the State Judiciary. They are, therefore, found to be an embodiment of hard work, sincerity, integrity and with a firm knowledge and understanding of the law,” he said.

The Governor further charged the Judiciary to assist society in the decongestion of Correctional Centres through the effective use of Alternative Dispute Resolution, ADR option.

Cross River swears in 3 High Court Judges
Governor Bassey Otu (2nd right); Justice Akon Ikpeme (right) and newly appointed High Court Judges

In her earlier remarks, the State Chief Judge, Justice Akon Ikpeme, advised the newly elevated judges to discharge their duties with the fear of God and in accordance with the rule of the law.

“You are coming into an arena which requires integrity, impartiality and efficiency. I charge you to give judgment with fairness and according to the Rule of Law.

“As you take your oath this afternoon, don’t just recite it as anything, listen to the wordings of the oath and keep to it,” Justice Ikpeme charged the new judges.

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Rt. Hon. Peter Odey, the Deputy Governor, Speaker Elvert Ayambem, members of the State Executive Council, elder statesmen, members of the traditional council and the clergy.

Photos of the newly sworn-in judges below…

Cross River swears in 3 High Court Judges
L-R: Governor Bassey Otu in a handshake with Justice Theresa Ansa Agom

Cross River swears in 3 High Court Judges

Cross River swears in 3 High Court Judges

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