The Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike had earlier today sworn in Justice A. I. Iyayi-Lamikanra as the acting Chief Judge of the State, after the due retirement of Justice Daisy Okocha. The retired Justice Daisy Okocha who only became the Rivers State Chief Judge on the 4th of January 2016 graduated with honours in 1978 from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and was called to the Nigerian Bar on 29th June 1979, she joined the Rivers State Judiciary in April 1981 as a Grade one Magistrate, and was then promoted in 1991 to the position of a Judge of the High Court of Rivers State.
According to Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media, the appointment of Justice A. I. Iyayi -Lamikanra as the Acting Chief Judge of Rivers State by governor Nyesom Wike is “In line with his avowed commitment to the rule of law and approved order of seniority in the appointment of Acting Chief Judge.”
While swearing in Justice A. I. Iyayi -Lamikanra as the Acting Chief Judge of Rivers State, governor Nyesom Wike reiterated that in his government women will continue to enjoy more than 35 percent of appointments, stressing that “Nobody should talk about twenty five percent or thirty percent, the women appointed since my administration came into power, has covered up to 70 percent.”
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