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(NEWSFLASH) Justice Akon Ikpene Takes Over As Cross River Acting Chief Judge

CALABAR, CROSS RIVER STATE, NIGERIA - Justice Akon Ikpeme was on Tuesday (today) sworn-in as the Acting Chief Judge of Cross River State, Nigeria. 

Justice Akon Ikpeme was inaugurated by the state governor, Ben Ayade at the state executive council chambers, following the retirement of Justice Michael Edem, the Chief Judge of the state.

During the ceremony, Governor Ben Ayade said: “I have full respect for section 153 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, which provides for the setting up of the National Judicial Council to safeguard the judiciary from the executive.

“The National Judicial Council is the final authority on matters involving the appointment of the Chief Judge of the state. 

"I also recognise the role of the governor as well and I believe that for the interest and peace of the state, for the goodness of character and the warmness of the state, the right thing to do at this point is what the state has done by swearing in an acting Chief Judge.

“The beauty of the law is that the law is derived from morality, ethics, and norms of the people. 

“The law has moral sensitivity that we must respect hence Hon Justice Ikpeme’s appointment today is a clear testimony of the civilization of Cross River state.”

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