Anambra swears in first female CJ

Tochukwu Ifejika & Chukwuka Ugokwe, Awka


Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state, on Friday, has sworn in the new Acting Chief Judge of the state, Hon. Justice Ijem Onwuamaegbu.

Onwuamaegbu, the first female Chief Judge of the State since the creation of the new Anambra State in 1991, would take over from the former Chief Judge, Hon Justice Peter Umeadi after a voluntarily retirement.

Obiano, while swearing-in the Acting Judge at the Government House, Awka, pledged the support of his administration to enable the acting CJ deliver on her new mandate.

He was optimistic that the appointment would further re-position the state judiciary to effectively address the problem of delay in dispensing  justice.

Onwuamaegbu was later presented with logistics in relation to her status vehicle and two escorts.

Also speaking, the Attorney General of the State, Dr. Uju Nworgu hinted that the new Acting CJ was the most senior among the Judges of the state High Court.

“The 1999 Constitution under Section 2714 empowers the state Governor to appoint and swear in an Acting Chief Judge when there is vacancy,” she said.

Nworgu charged the acting Chief Judge to bring to bear her wealth of knowledge and judicial experience to transform the state judiciary.

Onwuamaegbu in her acceptance speech,  promised to ensure proper administration of justice as well as promotion of the welfare of the judiciary.