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Insecurity in Imo State as Imo Chief Judge Laments

It was a firework of sort during the legal year and assizes of the state judiciary with Governor Okorocha in attendance including senior lawyers and judges. In that occasion, Governor Rochas Okorocha cried out that his administration is currently facing a whopping N17billion judgment debt slammed on it by a state high court.

Okorocha made this known while reacting to the addresses delivered in Owerri, during the assizes of Imo state Judiciary.

“This administration is currently facing a N17billion judgment debt handed down by a particular Judge of the state High Court. This money is already under garnishee. This money was meant to pay judges.”

On the retirement of the former Accountant General Mrs. Stella Udogwu, the governor also emphasized that he had no regrets for retiring the Accountant General of the state over her inability to pay salaries in accordance to his directives.

On the appointment of judges, Okorocha requested that it should be thrown open.

“I am requesting that the appointment of judges must be thrown open. What we have now is elitist conspiracy. A situation where a few individuals meet and decide on who becomes judge must be stopped.”

Justice Pascal Nnadi expressed concern over the level of insecurity around serving judges and magistrates, as well as the depleting staff strength of the Imo state judiciary. Disclosing this in a 22 page address he delivered in Owerri at the opening of th 2018/2019 legal year and assizes of the state judiciary, the recent killing of a serving Senior Magistrate, Mr R.C Ogu by unknown gunmen is a clear testimony of the lack of security arrangement for judges, magistrates and chairmen of customary courts.

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