There may be uncertainty within the Cross River State Judiciary because the tenure of the Performing Chief Choose, Justice Eyo Effiom Ita expires at the moment.
Justice Akon B. Ikpeme was Performing Chief Choose of the State for 3 months, adopted by Justice Maurice O. Eneji for six months. Justice Eyo Ita additionally acted for 3 months.
A supply instructed DAILY POST that the Nationwide Judiciary Council (NJC) has declined extending the tenure of Justice Effiom Ita for one more three months.
The NJC beneficial Justice Akon Ikpeme however the State Home of Meeting refused following alleged safety risk.
Ntufam Mba Ukweni, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, spoke to our reporter on the event.
“When the Governor appointed Justice Eneji, as performing state Chief Choose, it was as a result of he refused to simply accept the advice of the NJC. The NJC and the Chief Justice of Nigeria had been deceived to increase the tenure of Justice Eneji for one more three months.
“From all indications, the NJC has refused to advocate one other Justice to be appointed to the substantive capability as a result of from the feelers we’re getting it’s as a result of they’ve already made a suggestion for that workplace.
“It is going to be inconsistent and in reality, it will look humorous for them to make a second suggestion because the Governor has refused to nominate the individual they beneficial. He can go forward and appoint all of the Judges within the state in an performing capability” he mentioned.
Ukweni added that Governor Ben Ayade can appoint performing chief judges however solely on the occasion of the NJC.
“The Governor can not, on his personal, lengthen the tenure of the Performing appointment past the interval acknowledged in part 274 (5) of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.
“The Governor can appoint essentially the most senior individual as performing chief decide. The regulation says if the workplace of the Chief Choose in a state is vacant and for any motive, the Governor can appoint essentially the most senior Choose of the Excessive Courtroom to carry out that operate”
Ntufam Ukweni regretted that the judiciary in Cross Rivers has returned to a state of confusion.
“The Governor Could go to the subsequent Choose, Hon. Justice S. M. Anjor, if he nonetheless insists on not swearing in Hon. Justice Akon B. Ikpeme.”
The SAN puzzled how lengthy the state will proceed to roam “on this unholy circle of disgrace”.
“Let the Governor help himself, the judiciary, the authorized occupation and Cross River by doing the needful. He ought to retransmit his request for the Home of Meeting to clear Hon. Justice Akon Ikpeme to be sworn in because the substantive Chief Choose of Cross Rivers State” he urged.