Gov. Ayade Swears-In Justice Mbe As Customary Court Of Appeal Acting President, Set Up Committee To Review Salary Of Judicial Officers

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By Ogar Monday

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Justice Sampson Mbe Anjor has today, Thursday 14th April 2022 taken the oath of office to be the acting President of the Customary Court of Appeal in Cross River State at a Ceremony which was held at the Governor’s office.

Administering the oath, Governor Ben Ayade charged him to be steadfast in the discharge of his duties, and shun all forms of political and religious bias.

Gov. Ayade said: “We are here gathered to celebrate Justice Anjor who is being elevated to Acting President of  Customary Court of Appeal, Cross River State. I like to say that you are the custodian of our culture, our heritage and so, as you are elevated to this position.

“I urge you to look at the jurisprudence of our socio-cultural setting in dispensing customary justice. It is also important that you focus on peace and reconciliation; you must bring a lot of innovation.”

In his response, Justice Mbe pledged to uphold the law and to be fair and just in the discharge of his duties.

His words: “The importance of the Customary Court of Appeal cannot be overemphasized; a court that deals with the grassroots. It is a specialized court and we will dispense justice fairly. 

“Your Excellency, by creating the Customary Court of Appeal, you created in one fell swoop, five judicial offices. It is unprecedented in the State. There are some local government areas that never had a judge before you became Governor, today they have, you have filled those gaps. Every local government area now has a judge assigned to them.

“As the President of this Court, I will do my best to synergize with other courts to ensure justice delivery. I thank you for your concern for the welfare and well-being of Cross River judicial officers.”

On the occasion, the Governor also announced the setting up of a Special State Judicial Welfare Review Committee with Retired Justice Eyo Effiong Eta as Chairman to review the salaries of Cross River judicial officers and submit its report in two weeks.

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