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Governor Wike swears in Justice Iyayi-Lamikanra as Rivers Substantive Chief Judge


Following  the  recommendation of  the  National Judicial Council, NJC,  and the  approval of the Rivers State House of Assembly,  Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Tuesday swore in Justice Adama Iyayi-Lamikanra as the  Substantive Chief Judge of the state. 

Governor Wike  advised the judiciary  not to be influenced  by  the  antics of politicians, saying that  that they must uphold the rule  of law at all times. 

Performing  the  Swearing in of Justice Adama Iyayi-Lamikanra who is an indigene of Edo State,  Governor Wike charged judges of the Rivers State Judiciary  to be courageous  in their dispensation  of justice  in line with  the tenets of  the law.

The  governor  assured  the Judiciary  that he will continue to support the arm of government  to dutifully  serve the people of  Rivers State. 

He noted that he worked towards the emergence  of  the  substantive  Chief Judge on the premise  of laid down precedents and traditions,  despite  the petitions  by some persons against  Justice Iyayi-Lamikanra  on the basis that she is not an indigene of the state. 

Governor Wike said: “Judges should not allow politicians  to manipulate  them to cause crisis  in the  judiciary. “

The  governor  said that he has sworn to oath of office  to always do what is right. 

He said: “They claimed  that  this administration not allow non-indigenes to breath. They said if we are voted in , we will chase non-indigenes away. But I believe  in the laid precedent and the promotion  of  the  best practices  in governance “.

Governor Wike  said  those opposed to  the  emergence  of  Justice Iyayi-Lamikanra on  the  premise  that she is not an indigene  of  Rivers State, must realise that  she was appointed  Magistrate  and Judge in the state  without  anyone  raising  questions on her state of  origin. 

He added that though  the arms of government  must work  independently,  there must be cooperation  for the  development  of  the state. 

The governor  urged Justice Iyayi-Lamikanra to carry her brother-judges along for stability  in the  judiciary. 

Responding, the newly sworn in Substantive Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Adama Iyayi-Lamikanra assured  the people  of  Rivers State that she would dispense justice  in line  with  the law.

She said  that she will ensure  that the Rivers State Judiciary  develops to the  envy of others in the  country. 

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