Rivers state governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, on Tuesday, swore-in Justice Adama Iyayi-Lamikanra as the Substantive Chief Judge of the state following the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC), and the approval of the Rivers State House of Assembly.
While performing the swearing-in of Justice Adama who is an indigene of Edo State, the governor charged judges of the Rivers State Judiciary to be courageous in their dispensation of justice in line with the tenets of the law, adding that he will continue to support the arm of government to dutifully serve the people of Rivers State.
Governor Wike noted that he worked towards the emergence of the substantive Chief Judge on the premise of laid down precedents and traditions, despite the petitions by some persons against Justice Iyayi-Lamikanra on the basis that she is not an indigene of the state.
The governor said: “Judges should not allow politicians to manipulate them to cause crisis in the judiciary.
“They claimed that this administration does not allow non-indigenes to breath. They said if we are voted in , we will chase non-indigenes away. But I believe in the laid precedent and the promotion of the best practices in governance. “
Governor Wike said those opposed to the emergence of Justice Iyayi-Lamikanra on the premise that she is not an indigene of Rivers State, must realise that she was appointed Magistrate and Judge in the state without anyone raising questions on her state of origin, adding that though the arms of government must work independently, there must be cooperation for the development of the state.
The newly sworn in Substantive Chief Judge of Rivers State, assured the people of Rivers State that she would dispense justice in line with the law, adding that she will ensure that the Rivers State Judiciary develops to the envy of others in the country.