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Gov. Orji Urges Judges To Sustain Impartial Integrity *As Chioma Otti Becomes Abia Chief Judge



The new Substantive Chief Judge of Abia State, Hon Justice Nnenna Chioma Otti has been sworn in along side Justice Innocent Ahunanaya Nwabughuogu and Justice Eleazar Onyekachi Enwereji who were appointed as judges of the Courts of Abia State respectively.

During the swearing in ceremony which held on Monday, April 07, 2014 at the Michael Okpara auditorium, the state governor, Chiet Theodore Orji said the appointments followed due processes, adding that “the legal and constitutional hurdles have been surmounted.”

He told the newly sworn in judges to abide by the oaths of their office by providing impartial, equitable and speedy dispensation of justice to all citizens, without any inhibitions, adding that their service is critical, hence it is tagged as the last hope of the common man.
Hon. Justice Nnenna Oti, (right) taking the oath of office during her swearing-in as the New Chief Judge of Abia State in Umuahia. With her is the solicitor general of the state, Mr. Enyinnaya Okezie

Hon. Justice Nnenna Oti, (right) taking the oath of office during her swearing-in as the New Chief Judge of Abia State in Umuahia. With her is the solicitor general of the state, Mr. Enyinnaya Okezie

Hon. Justice Nnenna Oti, (right) taking the oath of office during her swearing-in as the New Chief Judge of Abia State in Umuahia. With her is the solicitor general of the state, Mr. Enyinnaya Okezie

The governor’s speech:

“It is my pleasure to be here today to swear-in the new Chief Judge of Abia State, Hon Justice Nnenna Chioma Otti, and two other judges of the courts of Abia State. We are taking these measures now to solidify and strengthen our judicial system for efficient and speedy dispensation of justice and for the preservation of peace, harmony and security of Abia State.

“You will recall that since the retirement of Hon Justice S.N. Imo, the former Chief Judge of Abia State on the 19th day of December, 2010, no substantive Chief Judge has been appointed for the State.

“Since then, we have appointed several Judges on Acting capacities to hold forth in the position of the Chief Judge of the State, – including the person we swear-in today as the Substantive Chief Judge of the State.

“During this period, I received a number of calls from our citizens, urging me to appoint a substantive Chief Judge of the State, as well as more Judges to the bench to fill the existing gap, so as to quicken the dispensation of justice in our State. I always assured everyone that there is a due process that we must follow in doing their behest, and that our Government respects the rule of law, not a government of impunity and the whims and caprices of the Governor.

“Just recently, and in line with the laid down principles and Articles of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, section 271, sub-section (1), the Abia State Judicial Service Commission nominated Justice Nnenna Chioma Otti to fill the substantive position of Chief Judge of the State.

“The National Judicial Council then considered that nomination – decided and recommended to the Governor of Abia State that Hon Justice Nnenna Chioma Otti is eminently qualified and proper to be appointed as Chief Judge of the State.

“Further in line with the demands of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I submitted Hon Justice Nnenna Otti’s recommendations to the House of Assembly of Abia State for confirmation, and received their endorsement. These are the rules and we have followed them to the letters.
L-R President Customary Court Abia State, Hon. Justice Onwuchekwa, Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ude Okochukwu, Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji, his wife, Mercy and deputy governor, Sir Emeka Ananaba

“Now that all the legal and constitutional hurdles in the appointment of the substantive Chief Judge of Abia State, and the appointments of other two judges of the Courts of Abia State – have been surmounted, I have the privilege to now swear-in:
1. The new Substantive Chief Judge of Abia State, Hon Justice Nnenna Chioma Otti.
2. Hon Justice Innocent Ahunanaya Nwabughuogu, and
3. Hon Justice Eleazar Onyekachi Enwereji.

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Ovie Omo-Agege Promises Deltans A Better Tomorrow



Against all odds and every intimidation, we will continue to visit voters in every nooks and crannies of the state, share our message of ‘A Better Tomorrow’ with them, and gain their support and partnership.


As told by His Excellency, Ovie Omo-Agege, Frontline Governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC to all the Delta State Civil Servant, that we are more than willing and capable, of building a robust industry that would Favour every one in the state.


According to Chief Mrs Faith Majemite, that Omo-Agege have the tract record and capacity. Agege will not make excuses why we didn’t succeed, rather, those challenges that exist, would be the reason for our testimony that we succeeded, regardless, says Faith .

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More Troubles For Umo Eno As Court Rejects Stay-of-execution Request



A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday dismissed an application filed by Pastor Umo Eno seeking a stay-of-execution of the Order which had nullified his nomination as the PDP governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom State.

The court which nullified Eno’s nomination, ordered that he should be replaced with Rt. Hon. Michael Enyong as the authentic PDP candidate.

In throwing out the request for stay of execution, the Court ruled that Umo Eno was never a party to the case filed by Enyong, and so his request could not be entertained by the COurt. The court therefore described Umo Eno as ‘’meddlesome interloper’’ for seeking to file an application in a matter he was never a party of.

Recall that in a judgement delivered on January 20, Justice Fadima Aminu of the FHC, Abuja, had ordered the PDP to submit Enyong’s name to INEC as its candidate. In a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1295/2022 filed in August, Enyong had submitted that he won the party’s primary held on May 25. The defendant in the case was PDP. Enyong did not join Eno as a party in his case. How clever!

This means that it is only the PDP that has the locus to file an appeal or stay of execution application against the judgement which sacked Eno. So far, the PDP’s National Legal Adviser (NLA) is not willing to participate in the matter especially since he was never carried along in all the Umo Eno legal matters. Rather, the Akwa Ibom State Chapter of the Party had always engaged Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem (the former NLA) as its legal counsel, totally sidelining the current National Legal Adviser. Recall also that the PDP National Legal Adviser had a few weeks ago issued a public statement announcing that it is only the NLA that has the authority to brief and engage lawyers holding briefs for the party. The public statement had also warned party members to desist from engaging lawyers without his knowledge.

Meantime, I understand that Enyong’s lawyers had served INEC with the Court order and his name would soon be published by the electoral umpire as PDP’s authentic governorship candidate.

My Take:

1. The chances of Umo Eno returning to his former status as the governorship candidate is very, very slim. It probably will not happen.

2. Gov. Udom Emmanuel and the PDP have yet to come to terms with the fact that Umo Eno’s name has been deleted as the candidate. They are inconsolable in anger, grief and pain. ‘’They are experiencing a great sense of separation, akin to the overwhelming feeling of loss which one experiences when he is bereaved’’, says a political analyst and business man, Elder Aniefiok Isatt.

3. This development is also the greatest setback and the most devastating blow the PDP has ever suffered in the state since 1999. This case might just be some kind of ‘’Nunc Dimittis’’ for the PDP in the State.

4. Privatively, PDP stalwarts are quick to blame the governor for the woes that has befallen the party this season. They believe that by imposing a very unpopular person as the candidate, the governor had bruised and hurt the majority of the members.

5. The question many are pondering is: Will Udom Emmanuel take to Enyong and accept him as the PDP candidate, thus conceding that Umo Eno was never God’s revelation, contrary to what he told the people; or will the governor leave Enyong to his own devices and embrace a different person?


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Our Client Wanted To Say ‘Pupsy’, Not Her Private Parts — Lawyer Defends Embattled Nigerian Polytechnic Female Graduate



Barrister Ikechukwu Nwaopara, a legal practitioner representing the interest of Sharon Ogechi Okoroafor, the graduating student of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri, Imo State, who went viral on social media for saying that she graduated with the help of God and her private parts, has said his client was misinterpreted.

The lawyer, who made the appeal to the institution’s management in a statement made available to newsmen, claimed that their client had no intention of disparaging the institution’s reputation, standards or integrity.

The statement reads: “We are solicitors to OKOROAFOR OGECHI SHARON (our client under our Pro Bono (Free Legal Services) on whose behalf we write this memo to you.

“We are aware that she will be facing the school disciplinary panel this morning, and we wish to use this medium to express our confidence that the panel will carry out their duties in compliance with the principles of Fair hearing, good conscience and natural justice, devoid of harassment, intimidation, and threats.

“We have met and discussed with our Client and evidence before us shows that she has no intention to defame the character, standard and integrity of the institution. In her words what happened in the said viral video was a slip of tongue as a result of her uncontrollable ecstasy over her graduation. Her intended words were “God and Pupsy” in appreciation of the Almighty God and her dad.

“It is clear, therefore, that she had no intention whatsoever to use such a “foul word” in the said viral video to cajole or blackmail the institution, as no lecturer or name of the institution was mentioned or referred to in the said viral video.

“Our lawyers are already on ground at the institution now to follow up the proceedings at the panel against any form of intimidation or harassment. The integrity and standard of the said institution is not in doubt especially since my senior brother, Rev Dr Arimanwa took over as the Rector. Indeed, justice is for all parties.”

We had reported that after Sharon’s video went viral on the internet, the management of the institution announced that it would investigate her action as it was capable of dragging the reputation of the school to the mud.


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