Judiciary

Akon Ikpeme sworn in as Chief Judge of Cross River

The Cross River State governor Prof Ben Ayade has sworn in Justice Akon Ikpeme as substantive Chief Judge of the state.

She was confirmed as Chief Judge by the state House of Assembly on January 28, 2021, which had earlier declined to confirm her twice after she acted as the Chief Judge between December 3, 2019, and March 2, 2020.

The governor described Justice Ikpeme as a woman with a great conscience as well as a covenant child.

He said her swearing-in brings to an end crisis in the state judiciary which resulted in two other justices acting as acting Chief Judge of the state, adding that only God fought her battle and her inauguration will bring stability to the judiciary.

According to him, “Today brings to a close the internal concerns and worries of the people over the stability of the judiciary. We do not need any distraction and want a very stable judiciary.

“Justice Ikpeme is a woman with a great conscience and a covenant child. God’s will has prevailed, no man fought your battle but only God.

“As God touched my heart, so did he touch the heart of everyone to support your emergence. As a child of God, I pray that God will touch your soul and ensure that there is no injustice in Justice dispensation in the state.”

Speaking, the National President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olumide Apata, said he is delighted that the process has come to an end.

“I am glad that all the dramatis personae have been able to come to this fantastic outcome that reflects the intendment of our constitution.

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