The DailyPost reports that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has described his swearing-in of the substantive Chief Judge of the state, Justice Daisy Wotube Okocha, as a victory for the rule of law and a respect for the rules of succession as outlined by the National Judicial Council, NJC.

Justice Okocha


Justice Okocha is the First Female Chief Judge of Rivers State. She has been acting as the state’s Chief Judge since June 1, 2015.

Wike, while performing the swearing-in of Justice Okocha as the Chief Judge of Rivers State on Monday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, 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.

A statement issued by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, quotes him as saying that with the recent development, it is clear that governors cannot willfully disrespect the recommendation of the NJC as was the case with the Amaechi administration in the state.


Wike noted that 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.


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