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Cross River judiciary crisis: Chief Judge seat vacant for 5 days

5 days after the expiration of the tenure of Appearing Chief Decide of Rivers State, Justice Maurice Eneji, her alternative is but to be appointed.

DAILY POST correspondent, who visited the headquarters of the Judiciary alongside Mary Slessor Avenue on Monday, noticed {that a} new performing or substantive Chief Decide was but to be appointed

The tenure of the Appearing Chief Decide of the State, Justice Maurice Odey Eneji expired midnight of final Wednesday September 2nd 2020.

A judicial officer who pleaded for anonymity mentioned that Justice Eneji has served his 2nd tenure as Appearing Chief Decide and can’t be appointed once more.

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“Even Justice Akon Ikpeme whom the State Home of Meeting declined affirmation as a result of she is from Akwa Ibom State by start however married to Cross Riverian had served her first and second tenure as Appearing Chief Decide.

“You recognize that the State Home of Meeting mentioned that appointing Justice Ikpeme as Chief Decide would quantity to safety threat even because the Nationwide Judicial Fee (NJC) had beneficial her,” our supply said.

Talking with our correspondent, a senior authorized luminary within the State, who pleaded that his identify shouldn’t be talked about regretted the non affirmation of the substantive Chief Decide of the State.

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He mentioned, “The disaster that rocked the Cross River State Judiciary could also be removed from over as that arm of presidency has been with no head for 5 days now.

“The final performing Chief Decide, Justice Maurice Eneji served out the second of his performing phrases of three months on September 3, 2020. And, since then, nobody has crammed that void.”

“The disaster started when the Home of Meeting refused to substantiate Justice Akon Ikpeme with reviews suggesting that the Governor, Ben Ayade had directed so to ensure that his ally, Justice Eneji who’s junior to Ikpeme, to be appointed Chief Decide. Nonetheless, the prevailing narrative was that she was not a Cross Riverian and therefore, constituted a safety threat.

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“Her mother and father have been from current day Akwa Ibom however she had served within the Cross River ministry of justice the place she rose to the place of Director of Public Prosecution earlier than she was nominated and subsequently sworn in as a Decide of the Excessive Courtroom of Cross River State,” our supply revealed.

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