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Anambra gets 20 new magistrates, deputy chief registrar

Posted: Apr 29, 2015 at 6:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwujekwu Ilozue



The Chef Judge of Anambra State, Mr. Justice Peter Umeadi, has sworn in 20 new magistrates and a deputy chief registrar in a ceremony where he warned that he would withdraw judges from hostile communities.

Justice Umeadi said after swearing in the magistrates and the deputy chief registrar at the High Court Complex, Awka, that there is need for the host communities to support the judicial officers posted to their areas as their duty is mainly to ensure quick dispensation of justice.

He also frowned at a situation whereby police officers were attached to civilians when judiciary officers risk their lives without security, describing the situation as “a misplaced priority to assign police to civilians when magistrates are left at the mercy of criminals in the society.”

According to him, magistrates handle the bulk of cases and therefore need the necessary protection and assistance to enable them perform optimally, stating that the new magistrates were coming at a time Anambra State was being positioned for greater achievements in all sectors of human endeavour.

Umeadi explained that plans were afoot to assign the new appointees as revenue magistrates as part of measures to improve the state’s internally generated revenue, IGR, as well as assist the police at the mobile courts.

He noted that though the appointment took into consideration the required spread, all those who were appointed passed the examinations conducted by the National Judicial Council, NJC, and hoped that they would live up to expectation in the discharge of their duties.

The 20 new magistrates were Arinze Juliet, Moses Kanu, Obiamaka Ezebilo-Nnedu, Ijeoma Igbokwe, Chika Nwakanma, Catherine Chigbo, Maduakor N.G., Loveth Ani-Nnaka, Stella Ezeudeka and Gladys Onyekwuru.

Others were Chidinma Nduka, Ijeoma Onumkwo, Chizoba Stanley-Udo, Martins Adumah, Peter Eke, Maureen Okosi, Uzoma Udeze, Rebeka Agwunobi, Nonye Anyaegbunam and Clara Ogugua.

Also sworn in as the deputy chief registrar was Mr. Eugene Agbasionwe.