The governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade has sworn in Justice Akon Ikpeme as the acting Chief Judge (CJ) of the state.
Justice Ikpeme was sworn in as Cross River CJ on Tuesday at the state executive council chambers following the retirement of Hon. Justice Michael Edem, the CJ of the state.
The governor said at the occasion, “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.”
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The governor added that 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.”