Ayade Swears In Brother, Three Other Judges In C’River

Three new judges on Monday were sworn into the Cross River State Judiciary system by the state governor, Senator Ben Ayade as state High Court Judges..

Amongst the three judges is formerly Barr. Emmanuel Ayade, now Justice Emmanuel Ayade, who until his appointment was an employee of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).

Other new judges sworn-in were Justice Eno Ikpi Ebri and Justice Ukpai Abba Ibitham.

The appointment of Justice Emmanuel Ayade who is one of the brothers to the governor, raised concerns in some quarters but others have also risen in defense that he is qualify and merits it.

Governor Ben Ayade in his remarks during the ceremony at the state executive chambers, charge to them to be highly transparent in the discharge of their constitutional duties.

he emphasized that there was every need for the newly sworn-in judges of the Cross River State High Court to discharge their duties with utmost integrity and decorum for the interest of the people.

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The judiciary was the last hope of the common man, hence the need for those who are entrusted with the responsibility of dispensing justice to be upright and firm in carrying out of such a task without fear or favour, but in accordance with the laws of the land, the governor noted.

He asked the judges to join hands with the state government by adding value to the processes and build a synergy that will help to bring about the realization of a greater Cross River state in all ramification, stressing that the way and manner the new judges conduct themselves will be a reflection of the values they have inculcated in their theoretical and practical trainings over the years.

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In his brief remarks and introduction of the candidates, the Chief Judge of Cross River State, Hon. Justice Okoi Ikpi Itam disclosed that a total of 210 applications were received and at the end of the day, only three persons were able to scale the National Judicial Commission’s hurdle, and that the three were appointed since February 24, 2016.

Responding on behalf of his colleagues after being sworn-in, justice Ukpai Abba Ibitham from Etono Central, Biase thanked the National Judicial commission, the state governor Senator Ben Ayade and his deputy, {Prof. Ivara Esu, the Chief Judge of the state, Hon. Justice Itam, other Judges and Cross Riverians for their prayers that have seen them to their successes and promised to discharge their duties with utmost diligent, and without fear or favour.