By Anayo Okoli
Umuahia — Abia state governor, Chief Theodore Orji, has rejected the recommendation of the State House of Assembly urging him to remove the state Chief Judge, Justice Nnenna Oti, and directed that the status quo should subsists.
The House of Assembly had last week recommended the removal of Chief Judge of the state for alleged acts of misconduct, which they claimed arose from the Chief Judge’s jail release.
Governor Orji was away from the state when the recommendation was made by the House, but acted on it on his return from overseas trip last Thursday.
“I am in receipt of Abia State House of Assembly resolution No. 160 of August 1, 2014, seeking the removal of the Chief Judge of Abia State for acts of misconduct, arising out of a jail delivery exercise in Umuahia Prison wherein two awaiting trial inmates involved in armed robbery and murder offences were released by the Chief Judge.
“From same resolution, I noted that the Chief Judge was invited by Abia State House of Assembly, but she refused to appear.
“Having gone through the entire gamut of the resolution, I realise that the petition that prompted the House inquiry that led to the resolution was a result of the Chief Judge‘s performance of a judicial function as exemplified in the jail delivery.
“The three arms of government in Abia State enjoy optimum cooperation and collaboration in the running of the affairs of the state and there has never been any friction between any of these arms since the inception of this government in 2007.”