Cross River state Governor Liyel Imoke has described the nation’s judiciary as the only institution that can not be Nigerianised.
Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of two new judges of the State High Court, Justice Offem Ikpi and Justice Edem Ita Koffereh, Imoke averred that of the three arms of government, Judiciary has positioned itself as one institution that is not liable to the ‘Nigerian factor’.
Imoke noted that the cordial relationship which exists between these arms has ensured prompt dispensation of peace in the state, maintaining that the role of the judiciary has become more obvious since 1999 as people have come to acknowledge their rights and have depended on the rule of the law. According to him, this dependence on the judiciary will increase the pressure on the law as the society develops.
The governor said the appointment and the swearing in of the two judges was an effort to fill vacancy and great demand and pressure that is obvious in the dispensation of justice.
He urged the new judges to assist their colleagues to dispense justice as they continue to maintain their good record of service and counselled to live above board in their doings both in and out of office.
He appreciated the judiciary for its invaluable contribution to state building and said there is much to be done when a strong synergy is built among the three arms of government.
“Change is constant and all must work collectively to improve the lots of the people”, he said.
Responding on behalf of his colleague, Justice Offem Ikpe Offem, thanked Imoke for his cordial relationship with the judiary.