Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has referred to as on the Judiciary to at all times dispense justice based on the legislation, declaring that the judiciary should not enable itself to be intimidated by different arms of presidency.
This based on an announcement by the governor’s particular media aide, Simeon Nwakaudu.
Speaking throughout a Courtesy Visit by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa on Thursday on the Government House Port Harcourt, Governor Wike stated that the Judiciary stays very important to the sustenance of democracy.
He stated: “You are the ones to decide what is right or wrong. Never allow anyone to intimidate you. The moment you take the oath of office, dispense Justice according to the law.
“People are afraid to dispense justice because of intimidation. In some cases, they use the EFCC to intimidate judges. Whether or not you do your work, they will come after you. Without the Judiciary, there will be no democracy “.
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Governor Wike said that the Executive and Legislative Arms of Government are far more corrupt than the Judiciary, but they are the arms that criticise the Judiciary all the time.
“The most corrupt arms of Government are the Executive and Legislative Arms. When they say that the Judiciary is corrupt, I laugh. The pressure on the Judiciary is from the Executive and Legislative Arms. The people who initiate the process are the ones who are corrupt “, he said.
Governor Wike regretted that the judges have allowed themselves to be boxed to a corner by the Executive and the Legislative Arms, each time they fail to rise up to the occasion.
He said: “The Judiciary must stand up to say that enough is enough. If you don’t stand up, then this democracy is in danger.”
The Governor stated that because of ‘calculated Intimidation’, the Judiciary is afraid to narrate with State Governments to get the assist that may improve the Administration of Justice.
He famous that every one safety companies, particularly the army, and the Police repeatedly demand and get common monetary and logistics assist from State Governments, however individuals the Judiciary from doing the identical.
“The military and police and other security agencies come here regularly to collect financial support. If I tell you what the Rivers State Government spends on the security agencies, you will be shocked.
“State Governments must support the Administration of Justice, ” he stated.
Speaking additional, the Rivers State Governor referred to as on the President Court of Appeal to extend the variety of judges within the Port Harcourt Division as a result of it’s second solely to the Lagos Division when it comes to quantity of circumstances.
He congratulated the retiring President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa for attaining the retirement age. He recommended her for the contributions she has made to the expansion of the Court.
Earlier, the President Court of Appeal of Nigeria, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa stated that she was in Rivers State as a part of the method for her to bow out of the Court, having reached the retirement age of 70 years.
She recommended the Rivers State Governor for the improve and reworking of befitting lodging for Court of Appeal Justices of the Port Harcourt Division.