Ayade ignores protesting attorneys, swears-in new Performing Chief Decide
Cross River State Governor, Prof Ben Ayade has sworn-in Justice Eyo Effiom Ita because the State’s new appearing Chief Decide.
The swearing-in, which was performed within the early hours of Monday, was nearly marred by protest by involved attorneys within the State.
The occasion, on the State govt council chamber of the Governor’s Workplace, Calabar, was witnessed by the deputy governor, Prof Ivara Esu, the Speaker of the Cross River State Home of Meeting, Rt Hon Eteng Jones, senior attorneys and judges, in addition to the chairman of the State department of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation (NBA), Dr Paul Ebiala, amongst others.
The governor mentioned the swearing-in ceremony was consistent with “the obligations and provisions of the structure, notably with regards to part 217 of the Structure.”
He apologized to the individuals of the State and attorneys for the delay within the appointment of a brand new Chief Decide, saying the State was ready for communication from the Nationwide Judicial Council (NJC).
The governor disclosed that the ceremony was going down as a result of the NJC had Wednesday final week taken a choice “that the following in rating be appointed as Performing Chief Decide.”
Ayade mentioned his administration was a law-abiding one which “believes within the freedom of the Judiciary and believes that NJC is a watchdog that ensures that the judiciary is totally free. As a lawyer, I consider in that supremacy of the liberty of the Judiciary.”
He charged the brand new appearing Chief Decide to make sure justice is finished to all always, stressing, “I’ve little doubt that Cross Riverian can have justice and justice delayed is justice denied. Please get all the way down to work with velocity to make sure that individuals get justice. Work exhausting and keep throughout the ambit of the provisions of the legislation and be honest to everyone.
“Allow us to additionally work with you, notably on the directive of the Governors’ Discussion board and the NEC assembly, the place governors have been given the duty to take cost of a peaceable finish to the ENDSARS protest.
“Arrange a fee of enquiry to analyze all of the individuals who have suffered police brutality. I’m joyful the Commissioner of Police is right here in individual. You must work with us to see that these whose family members had been killed, maimed or injured in the reason for their wrestle for survival get justice,” he directed.
In his remarks, the brand new appearing Chief Decide, Hon Justice Eyo Effiom Ita pledged to work in synergy with the opposite arms of presidency to make sure the expansion of the State.
He additionally promised to make sure justice, insisting that his selections shall be guided by the legislation.
On his half, the state NBA chairman, Paul O. Ebiala mentioned: “The swearing in brings some nice aid to the individuals of Cross River State, each attorneys and those that come to courtroom as litigants, as a result of staying for 48days with out the top of the judiciary is dangerous sufficient, nature itself abhors vacuum.
“However we thank God this (swearing in) has occurred at present and the governor has taken time to clarify the explanation we have now come so far. We’re joyful we now have an appearing Chief Decide and circumstances could be assigned.”
Shortly after the swearing-in ceremony, a gaggle of attorneys in Cross River State underneath the auspices of the Involved Attorneys staged a protest over the non appointment of a substantive Chief Decide within the State.
The attorneys, who assembled on the Judiciary Headquarters in Calabar, lamented that the absence has crippled the efficient dispensation of justice within the State.
Spokesman of the group, Effiom Ayi mentioned by no means within the historical past of the State had it been enmeshed in a very avoidable bickering and soiled politics.
“We can’t in all sense of duty say that after 300 and eighteen days (318), Cross River State can’t have a chief decide in substantive capability.
“As at Friday sixteenth October 2020, over 100 circumstances, together with basic rights motion filed by residents can’t be assigned or heard. Letters of Administration and probate can’t be granted, suggestions for appointment of judges, senior advocates of Nigeria and notaries public can’t be issued.
“The destructive impact and impression of all these on the safety of the state, the financial system, follow of authorized practitioners and the expansion of the authorized career is evidently loud. By no means within the historical past of the state has the Judiciary been enmeshed on this completely avoidable bickering and soiled politics as to who ought to occupy the workplace of Chief Decide”, he mentioned.