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Daisy Okocha Sworn In As First Female CJ Of Rivers State

Posted: Jan 4, 2016 at 9:38 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
By Daniel Abia
After a prolonged political scheming and maneuvering by former administration, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has  sworn in a  substantive Chief Judge (CJ) of the state, Justice Daisy Wotube Okocha.
  Wike declared that swearing of the Chief Judge of the state was a victory  for  the  rule of law  and  the  respect for the  rules of succession as outlined  by the National Judicial Council, NJC. 
Justice Okocha made history on Monday, January 4, 2016 as the First Female Chief Judge of Rivers State. She has been the state Acting Chief Judge since June 1, 2015.
Performing  the  swearing-in of Justice Okocha as the Chief Judge of Rivers State in Government House, Port Harcourt,  Governor Wike said  that the  state government  acted in line with  the  recommendation of the  National  Judicial  Council, NJC, which was confirmed  by  the  Court of Appeal  on December  23, 2015.
He said that with the recent development, it was clear that governors could not willfully disrespect  the recommendation of the NJC as was the case  with the former governor Rotimi Amaechi administration  in the state.
According  to  him,  allowing  the  judiciary  to be subjected  to  the  discretion  of sitting  governors would desecrate the independence  of  the  Judiciary  and lead to abuses that would negatively  affect the dispensation  of justice. 
“The system will collapse if we refuse to respect the judicial system of succession as laid out. My administration will never do anything that will threaten the rule of law. We will always uphold the customs and traditions of the Judiciary. We never break down the laid down procedure.
“We will never run contrary to our avowed commitment to respect the independence of the Judiciary at all times”.
Governor Wike  charged  the  new Chief Judge of  Rivers State to always uphold the constitution  and carry other members of the bench along in the decision making  process. 
The NJC recommended  the appointment  of Justice Daisy Wotube Okocha as  Chief Judge  of Rivers State on 22nd July, 2013, while the Court of  Appeal  on December 23, 2015 set aside a Federal High Court judgment which had initially  ruled that the state governor  is not bound to comply with  the  recommendation  of  the  NJC. 
In her remarks after being sworn in, the new Rivers State Chief Judge, Justice Daisy Wotube Okocha thanked God for making her elevation possible after two years of uncertainty. 
“This is a solemn moment for me. The NJC recommendation of 22nd July, 2013 came to manifestation on Monday, 4th January, 2016. God has glorified himself in my elevation as Chief Judge. 
“Man can try, but only God’s counsel will prevail.”
She commended Governor  Wike  for giving  the Judiciary  the required independence  to carry out its constitutional  responsibilities.