7 new judges in Akwa Ibom take office

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Seven new High Court judges in Akwa Ibom were yesterday sworn into office with a charge on them not to delay, influence or deny dispensation of? justice to anybody as a way of maintaining the dignity of the judiciary in the state.Court

Governor Godswill Akpabio, who gave the charge?Thursday?after the official swearing in of the seven new High Court judges at Governor’s Office, Uyo,
said that “You must demonstrate neutrality while settling disputes and do with impartiality”.

Akpabio, who further enjoined the judges “Sacrifice your comfort to achieve justice. If you do the right thing at the right time to all manners of people, God will be with you”, reminded them “Your appointment requires a high level of knowledge, wisdom, commitment, fairness, honesty and do more of research before giving out judgment, discharge your responsibilities without fear or valour, maintain the goodwill of the judiciary and we believe that you would not fail us”.

“Let me remind you that you are being called to join in building the State at a defining period in our democracy. It is therefore expected that you will approach your new assignment with enthusiasm and do your best to deepen democracy, as well as complement our Uncommon Transformation efforts in your areas of assignment”, he remarked.

According to him, “We live under a government of laws and not of men. It is only when you demonstrate neutrality while resolving disputes, using constitutional principles that you will justify your role as impartial judges and umpire. That is why the judicial oath is stringent on impartiality. Of course, this is aptly illustrated in Lady Justice wearing a blindfold and carrying a balanced scale.

“The Government and the Good people of Akwa Ibom State, including families, expect you to discharge your responsibilities without fear or favour, affection or ill will in accordance with democratic principles and the rule of law.

“This administration counts on you. The good people of Akwa Ibom State believe in you. Your loved ones and family members look up to you to represent them well and imprint good names in the judicial record of our State. We are confident that you will not disappoint them.

“Akwa Ibom people rejoice with you today. They are proud of you and have unwavering confidence that you will lend yourselves as instruments of judicial transformation to our State. Let their confidence guide and motivate you to live up to expectations in your new assignments”, Akpabio observed.

The Governor described their appointment as a reward for your meritorious contributions in the service of their fatherland, adding “It is an indication that no labour can go unrewarded. But it is pertinent for you to know that your appointment as High Court Judges of Akwa Ibom State is a call to higher service and so much is expected from you”.

The new judges are Okon A. Okon, Iniobong T. Udobong, Mrs. Felicitas J. Ibanga, Mrs. Winifred I. Effiong, Ntong F. Ntong, Mrs. Iboro I. Ukpanah and Gabriel F. Ette.

Source:?Akwa Ibom State Govt House Press Centre

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