BY HEMBADOON ORSAR, Makurdi –
Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday swore in the new Chief Judge of the state Justice Adam Onum, following the retirement of Justice Iorhemen Hwande, last week.
The governor during the ceremony in Makurdi described Justice Onum as an erudite jurist who has distinguished himself through dedication, hard work and monumental sacrifices he made in the course of discharging his duties.
According to the governor, Justice Onum, is the first Chief Judge to be appointed from Zone C after 41 years, saying his elevation was based on the core value of the administration which is anchored on transparency, truthfulness, fairness equity, accountability, and humility.
He urged the newly sworn in Chief Judge to follow the footsteps of his predecessors by being fair, and honest in discharging his responsibility by opening a new chapter of quick dispensation of Justice saying justice delay is justice denied.
Responding, Justice Onum applauded the governor for finding him worthy to work with him and promised to cooperate with the government in discharging his duty within the ambit of the law.
“I will liaise with the government in the course of my duties but not at the expense of the general public,” Onum stated.