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As lawmakers buckle, Ayade finally swears in Justice Ikpeme

Cross River State Governor, Prof Ben Ayade has sworn-in Justice Akon Bassey Ikpeme as the State Chief Judge after her nomination was twice rejected by the State House of Assembly for “being a security threat”.

Justice Ikpeme was rejected mainly because she hails from neigbouring Akwa Ibom state.

But pressure from the National Judicial Council (NJC) and Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) has finally told after the NJC failed to renew a six-month term for the acting state Chief Judge, Justice Maurice Eneji who was the state government’s preferred candidate.

Speaking after her swearing-in, Justice Akon Ikpeme said it was with deep appreciation that she thanks God who rules in the affairs of men.

Her words: “It is With deep appreciation in my heart that  I want to thank God who rules in the affairs of men, who has made this day possible .

“God uses men to fulfill His purpose. I also thank His Excellency, Prof. Ben Ayade from the depth of my heart for making this day a reality, in my interactions, I have discovered that he is  is very humane.

“I want to assure His Excellency and Cross Riverians that the Judiciary under my watch will collaborate with other arms of government to move Cross River State forward.

Gov Ayade on his part said the swearing in of Justice Akon Ikpeme was the end of the internal concerns of the state judiciary.

“Today brings to an end the internal concerns of Cross Riverians as it concerns the stability of our Judiciary.

“God has chosen a woman and not just a woman of God but a covenant Child .She is here at the right time and she is the right person for the job. We must put behind all the challenges in the process of getting back here.

“God touched my heart and the heart of every other person in the decision making process, it was God that fought your fight and not any man”, he said.

Written by ExpressDay


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