The first female chief judge has taken oath of office in Anambra State, home of judges in Nigeria. Gov. Willie Obiano performed the swearing in ceremony in Awka on Friday, March 1, 2019. The lucky first is Justice Ijem Onwuamaegbu who is now the Acting Chief Judge of Anambra State.
Performing the ceremony at the Exco Chamber of Government House Awka, Obiano pledged to offer all necessary support to enhance the performance of the judiciary.
The swearing in of the Acting Chief Judge followed the voluntary retirement of Justice Peter Umeadi as the Chief Judge of the state.
Obiano stressed that he would provide the judiciary with the tools needed for it to succeed in efficient dispensation of justice. He explained that such support was necessary to help the judicial arm not to derail in its responsibilities.
On the occasion the governor handed over the keys to three official and back up vehicles to the Acting Chief Judge.
Earlier, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Uju Nworgu, applauded the Governor for fulfilling the constitutional mandate of filling the vacancy in the judiciary.
Nworgu said Justice Onwuamaegbu was a professional who would carry all stakeholders along in judicial administration in the area.
In a remark, the new Acting Chief Judge pledged to create a criminal law division and strengthen the judiciary to enhance efficient dispensation of justice.
In an interview, a former Governor of Anambra State, Dame Virgy Etiaba and President of Ohaneze Ndigbo in Anambra State, Chief Damian Okeke- Ogene expressed the hope that the female Chief Judge would excel in the job.
The event was graced by numerous serving and judges, Senior Advocates of Nigeria, other legal practitioners, judicial administrators and bishops.