Governor Ayade finally brings Akon Ikpeme to justice as Chief Justice of Cross River State (photo)
After months of controversy, Judge Akon Ikpeme was sworn in as Chief Justice of Cross River State.
He was sworn in on Monday by Governor Ben Ayade at the executive branch. Governor Ayade accused her of being loyal to everyone in advancing the state’s judicial system.
The Governor noted that the state is going through a difficult period in its history and would like to see the judiciary remain free of discontent so that it can join forces with the executive and legislative branches to address these issues. Describing the new head judge as the right person to handle the plum, the governor said that Ikpeme was sworn in at the right time and that despite the incidents of the past nine months that worked against her, she was indeed God’s choice.
“As God touched my heart because of your cause, so He touched the heart of every person for you. You must leave all the trials you went through during the emergency. “As a child of God, I expect you to do justice justly, knowing that God has been involved in your battles. We no longer need distractions in our judicial system, ”he said. In response, Judge Ikpeme praised the governor and the House of Assembly for making this day a reality and described the governor as a person.
“Let me assure His Excellency and the people of Cross River State that the judiciary under my control will work with the executive and legislative branches of government to develop Cross River State.” We left the past behind. It would be reckless to stay there. Every member of the Cross River State judiciary will need to be involved, and we will ensure fairness and fairness for all, ”he said. We recall that nine months ago, the State House of Assembly rejected Judge Ikpeme on the basis of his ethnicity, prompting the Governor to swear in two junior judges in respect of his ability to act between March 2020 and January 2021.
However, the Chamber changed her mind two weeks ago and confirmed her as the chief judge on the merits, allegedly due to pressure from the National Judicial Commission, which reportedly insisted that the senior judge of the Ikpeme state judiciary act as the chief judge on the merits.