Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has appointed Justice Obisike Oji as the Acting Chief Judge of the state barely three hours after the State House of Assembly suspended the incumbent, Justice Theresa Uzokwe.
He was sworn in at the Executive Council Chambers of the Governor’s Office on Friday.
Ikpeazu said the appointment became expedient following receipt of a resolution of the House suspending Uzokwe.
He said Oji, who is next to Uzokwe, was sworn in in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution.
The governor, who expressed worry over the recent developments in the state judiciary, urged Oji to take immediate steps to restore the confidence of the people in the judiciary.
Responding, Orji said he appreciated the enormous responsibility of his office and promised not to betray the confidence and trust reposed in him.
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