Governor Ayade shuns NJC, appoints new acting CJ

Wed Mar 4th, 2020 - Akwa Ibom

Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade has sworn in Justice Maurice Eneji as Acting Chief Judge of the state without a endorsement of the National Judicial Council (NJC).

His swearing-in yesterday followed a controversial session at the state House of Assembly on Monday having declined to confirm Justice Akon Ikpeme as substantive Chief Judge because she hailed from Akwa Ibom State and fears that making her substantive Chief Judge constituted a security risk.

Ayade said Eneji’s swearing in was imperative, as law and nature abhor vacuum and congratulated the ne Acting Chief Judge on his appointment, urging him to dispense justice without fear or favour.




source: Guardian