By Archibong Jeremiah
The Governor of Cross River State, Sen. Ben Ayade has sworn in Maurice Eneji as Acting Chief Judge of the State High Court.
Ayade Tuesday at the exco chamber while swearing in Maurice Eneji said “I urge you to dispense justice without fear or favour, have fairness of mind. The law is blind and should not be sensitive to religion, ethnicity, colour or any other affiliation.
“We ask that the leadership of the judiciary under your watch should be very exemplary and should be such that every other State would like to emulate. We know your background and believe that you are competent and capable and worthy of this office”.
The State Assembly yesterday rejected Akon Ikpeme who had served in acting capacity for three months.
There has been mixed feelings in favor and against Ayade’s choice of Maurice Eneji on ethnic ground.
Akon Ikpeme was recommended by NJC (based on seniority) to the Cross River State Government for confirmation but the executive and legislature of the State on ethnic ground chose Maurice Eneji who hails from Ogoja LGA. Akon Ikpeme is married to an Efik man.
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