Anambra Court Of Appeal: The Beauty Of Continuity
By Val Obieneyem
Before Mr. Peter Obi, Anambra had no federal nor appeal court of any category.
Before Obi left, he had attracted the Federal High Court and the Customary Court of Appeal in the State.
Before he left, he commenced the process of getting the Court of Appeal to the State. The initial letter of request and other preliminary logistics for the process were completed when Barr. Peter Afuba was the Commissioner for Justice, under Mr. Peter Obi.
Two days ago, the court was commissioned in Anambra state and everybody was happy. This shows the beauty of continuity and the benefit therefrom.
How I wish other projects started by Mr. Peter Obi were continued and completed. I think of numerous abandoned roads, abandoned hotel project at Onitsha, abandoned shopping malls at Awka and Nnewi, abandoned support to schools and hospitals, abandoned attraction of industries, abandoned Three Arms Zone; abandoned Neem fertilizer plant at Amawbia, and many more.
Congrats to all involved on the successful commissioning of the Court of Appeal.
Ex Anambra Attorney General lauds Bulkachuwa, Obi, Obiano, says Government is a continuum
For the actualization of a division of the Court of Appeal in Anambra State, the President of Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa yesterday received commendation from a former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Anambra state, Barrister Peter Afuba.
Expressing his joy over the establishment of the Court of Appeal division in Awka, Barrister Afuba commended all those who in one way or the other facilitated the actualization of the Appeal Court branch.
Afuba said the application for the court to be established in Awka kicked off during his time as Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice under former Governor Peter Obi’s regime when Obi’s administration attracted the establishment of a Federal High Court and Customary Court of Appeal in Awka.
He commended former Governor Peter Obi for his foresight in initiating the process and incumbent Governor Willie Obiano for understanding that Government is a continuum by actualizing the establishment of the Court of Appeal in the state.
He expressed happiness to Obiano for acting on that aspect of governance for better justice delivery as his heart was gladdened.
The former Anambra Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice commended the current Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Uju Nworgu and all those who contributed in the ministry of Justice and Judiciary to ensure that the Appeal court project becomes a reality after meeting all the conditions stipulated by President of the Court of Appeal.
Afuba informed that sitting an appellate court in Awka would lessen the sufferings of Anambra people traveling to other areas like Lagos, Kaduna, Enugu, Ibadan and Abuja for their appeal.
He said it would equally reduce the cost of travelling to Enugu frequently to obtain justice, and time of obtaining justice as well as the huge fees paid legal practitioners for their services. He added that the socio-economic benefits of the court in Awka are great.
He as well commended the five-person committee, headed Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN to work for the creation of the appellate court, Mrs Patricia Igwebuike, the Special Adviser to the State Government on Legal Matters, as well as other committee members: Justice Anthony Iguh, formerly of the Supreme Court; Dr Uju Nwogu, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice; and Mr Emeka Etiaba, a renowned Senior Advocate of Nigeria.