New Chief Judge appointed for Bayelsa

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After serving in an acting capacity for around six months, Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri has swore in Justice Matilda Abrakasa Ayemieye as the next chief justice of the state.

Justice Ayemieye was sworn in as the fourth substantive Chief Judge of Bayelsa State during a ceremony.

took place on Thursday in the Executive Council Rooms of Government House, Yenagoa.

On January 16, 2023, she was chosen to serve as acting chief judge because Justice Kate Abiri had retired.

According to Senator Diri, her appointment followed accepted procedure and was compliant with Section 271 Subsection 1 of the 1999 Constitution as modified.

He stated: “It is my responsibility and honor to name the Chief Judge of Bayelsa State. According to this section, the State House of Assembly must ratify the Chief Judge’s appointment by the State Governor following the National Judicial Council’s (NJC) recommendation.

The Bayelsa governor emphasized that the consolidation of the state’s judicial system is what continues to guarantee fairness, impartiality, and justice for all, noting that the event represented a significant turning point in his administration’s dedication to the rule of law and the efficient administration of justice.

He gave the judiciary the mandate to maintain the values of justice and fairness while being unbiased, independent, and unaffected by any outside forces.

The state’s helmsman congratulated Ayemieye on her appointment and said that the new top judge had shown skill in her field, integrity, and a desire for justice.

“I reaffirm my administration’s dedication to helping the judiciary fulfill its constitutional responsibilities. To ensure that our judiciary operates effectively and efficiently, we will provide the necessary facilities and resources, the president declared.

He extended his appreciation to the judiciary for their unshakable dedication to justice and praised Justice Kate Abiri, her predecessor, for her many years of dedicated service to the state.

At the ceremony, dignitaries included the Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, who was represented by the deputy speaker, Michael Ogbere; Justice Bashar Alkali, Judge of the National Industrial Court, Yenagoa Division; Dame Didi Walson-Jack, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources; and other senior government officials.

Amaebi Orukari, the state’s chief registrar, administered the oaths of office and loyalty.

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