After several years of waiting for the appointment of new judges by the people, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State yesterday sworn-in eight new judges for the state High Court.
Swearing-in the new judges at the Sam Mbakwe Exco Chamber Government House Owerri, the governor stated that with the swearing-in of the new judges, the prayers of Imo people for that purpose had been answered by God.
Okorocha told them to acquire the personalities of incorruptible judges no matter the push and irrespective of the external stimuli that might be acting upon them to do the wrong things.
The newly sworn-in Judges are Justice Fred Eze Ohiri Njemanze, Justice Banjamin Iheaka, Justice Marcellenus Nwagboso, Justice Sabinus Ifeanyi Opara, Justice Chinonyere Egbunine, Justice Innocent Njiaka, Justice Paul Nnodim and Justice Ifeoma Ogwuegbu.
Okorocha also reminded the new judges that to whom much is given much is expected, and to always have at the back of their minds that one day, they would also stand for the Judgment of God.
His words, “today you Judges are to give Judgments on others either for or against. Also know too, that one day you shall all stand before God for Judgment.
The fear of God on your part is the beginning of your success as Judges. Respect God because without him the appointments would not have been possible. ”
He further charged the new Judges, “take advantage of the moment to do the best for the country. This is the time to make sacrifice. The courts in the state can now be decongested of cases. The state government will continue to do the best for the judiciary in the state. Remember again that we shall all bow before the presence of God where judgment is inevitable from an immortal and unshakable Judge.
“Your appointment as Judges was made possible not by the Chief Judge or the governor or your contacts, but was made possible by God and no other. Your goal therefore should be that your names should be written as honourble Justices who dispensed Justice without fear or favour. We must also not look at the economic situation, in the dispensation of Justice.”
The governor also told the Chief Judge of the state, “to partner the state Government in prison decongestion to avoid a possible outbreak of jail break, especially in cases that could be settled out of court.”
In their vote of thanks, Justice Njemanze on behalf of his colleagues acknowledged that the task they have been appointed to undertake which is the dispensation of Justice is enormous , but assured that with God on their side and with the cooperation of the governor, they would live up to expectation.
Njemanze also assured that they would dispense Justice at any given time without fear or favour, commending the state Chief Judge, Paschal Nnadi for succeeding where those before him failed, assuring too that they would not let the governor and Imo people down in the course of doing their job.