Legal professionals in Cross River State have revolved to boycott the swearing-in of Hon Justice Eyo Effiom Ita because the Appearing Chief Choose of the State.
The Secretary, Nigeria Bar Affiliation, Calabar Department, Effiom Ayi disclosed this in a press release made accessible to DAILY POST, regretting the appointment of an performing Chief Choose for the third time.
He condemned the non appointment of the substantive Chief Choose of the State, noting that for the reason that expiration of the Appearing Chief Choose, Justice Maurice Eneji in 2nd September 2020, no different individual has to this point been appointed.
“Upon getting discover of the protest organized by the Involved Legal professionals in Cross River State in opposition to tomorrow, his Excellency the chief governor of CRS has rapidly acceded to 1 arm of our calls for by slating the swearing in of ANOTHER Appearing Chief Choose for 8am at the moment (Monday).
“We’re neither moved nor deceived by this Greek reward. We’re not persuaded by it. It’s simply one other ploy to run away from doing the suitable factor and put the Judiciary and certainly the State in one other scenario of uncertainty.
“To that finish, we will proceed with our deliberate protest, till all our different calls for are met. We’re not deterred and stay unshaken in our resolve that the suitable factor be achieved. Cross River State deserves a substantive Chief Choose and that’s the solely sensible answer to this quagmire,” he said.
The Particular Adviser on Media and Publicity to Governor Ben Ayade, Christian Ita in a Press Launch on Sunday stated, “Within the train of his powers beneath part 271 (4) of the 1999 Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), His Excellency, Professor Ben Ayade will Monday, October nineteenth, 2020, swear-in a brand new performing Chief Choose of the state.
This follows the advice of the Nationwide Judicial Council (NJC).
“The occasion will happen on the Govt Council Chamber of the Governor’s Workplace, Calabar at 8am. All are to be seated earlier than the arrival of the governor.”
Reacting, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Ntufam Mba Ukweni stated “I wasn’t preview to the deliberate protest however I’m not in opposition to it as a result of I believe the younger legal professionals really feel that we the elders haven’t taken drastic measure to handle the problems within the Judiciary in Cross River State, so that they determined to embark on a protest
“Will be the Governor might have been knowledgeable that the protest will begin on Monday and that’s the reason he wish to embark on a face saving measure by attempt to say, Okay, I’m going to unravel your downside, in case your downside is, there isn’t any individual performing as Chief Choose, then I’m going to unravel it
“I’m going to nominate an performing Chief Choose tomorrow, that’s what to my thoughts is what may has led to this emergency swearing in of Justice Hon Eyo Effiom Ita who truly is the third most senior Choose within the State, in an energetic capability once more.”
Ntufam Ukweni famous that by so doing, the Governor nonetheless contravened the NJC suggestion.