Judiciary
Ortom Makes Case for Judicial Autonomy

It is wrong for the judiciary to depend on the executive for funding, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has said.

To him, full autonomy would make judiciary truly independent.

He spoke at a valedictory court session in Makurdi in honour of the former Chief Judge (CJ) of Benue state, Justice Iorhemen Hwande.

He described Hwande as a humble, God-fearing and erudite jurist, who had an outstanding career.

“Justice Hwande rose through the ranks with an impeccable service record to become Chief Judge of Benue State, a position in which he served the state for 11 years.

“He sustained the reputation of the State judiciary as one of best in the country through sacrificial, honest and exemplary leadership which impacted positively down the line,” he said.

Ortom reiterated his commitment to separation of powers and pledged not to interfere with the work of the judicial and legislative arms.

He expressed support for their autonomy.

Justice Hwande urged Governor Ortom and his colleagues to grant the judiciary autonomy at the state level.

He called for the appointment of CJs to the Supreme Court, stressing that emphasis should be placed on competence and integrity rather than geographical spread.

The retiring CJ thanked his colleagues, judicial staff and the governors under whom he served for creating an enabling environment which ensured his successful tenure.

A state banquet was held for the CJ the night before the valedictory court session.

By: John Austin Unachukwu
The Nation News

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