BY EGUFE YAFUGBORHI
PORT HARCOURT – A group in Rivers State, Grassroots Development Initiative, GDI, has kicked against the appointment of the President of Rivers State Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Peter Agumagu as acting Chief Judge of the state, saying that Governor Rotimi Amaechi violated the provisions of the 1999 Constitution in the appointment.
Addressing newsmen in Port Harcourt, Tuesday, shortly after Amaechi swore in Agumagu, President General of GDI, Bright Amaewule, noted that where a vacancy occurs in the office of the Chief Judge, Section 271(4) of the 1999 Constitution provides that until a substantive appointment was made, the most Senior Judge of the High Court assumes as acting Chief Judge.
He said, “Now, Amaechi and the Rivers Attorney General in clear violation of the provisions refused to swear in Justice Daisy Okocha, who is the most Senior Judge of the High Court of Rivers State in an acting capacity until the niceties of appointing a substantive Chief Judge are fulfilled.
“Justice Okocha happens to be the same Judge that both the Rivers State Judicial Service Commission and the National Judicial Commission recognised and recommended to Governor Amaechi for appointment as the new substantive Chief Judge.”