The individuals sworn in as judges of the state High Court included Aforkeya Obomejero…..
By Owotorufa Siemes, Asaba
Yesterday, Governor Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State appealed to judges nationwide to uphold justice by exhibiting a strong sense of personal integrity and avoiding any form of greed while performing their responsibilities. During the swearing-in ceremony of Justice Catherine Ojugbana-Orishedere as the President of the Customary Court of Appeal (PCCA) and seven judges of the state judiciary, Oborevwori emphasized his expectation for them to carry out their duties impartially and without bias.
He said: “It is one thing for judgment to be passed, it is quite another thing for justice to be seen to be served. Justice is served when it is anchored on the timeless values of fair hearing, equity, good conscience, common sense and the guilty are punished.
“Your offices require that you maintain a high level of personal probity, devoid of greed. Given your antecedents, I have no doubt that you will justify the confidence that has been reposed in you with this appointment.
“It is, therefore, incumbent on you to be good role models to your subordinates, peers, and professional colleagues. You must endeavour to leave a legacy of courage, integrity, and righteousness.”
Acknowledging that Justice Ojugbana-Orishedere’s endorsement by the National Judicial Council (NJC) and subsequent confirmation by the state House of Assembly served as evidence of her capability, competence, and suitability for the position, Governor Oborevwori stated that her promotion to the role of President of the Customary Court of Appeal (PCCA) after 23 years of service validates her credentials as a distinguished legal expert and dedicated public servant.
The individuals sworn in as judges of the state High Court included Aforkeya Obomejero, Okeleke Samuel, Umuko Godwin, Ossai Rita, and Adolor Sunny. Justice Gbakeji Michael and Uraih Patricia were sworn in as judges of the Customary Court of Appeal.
In response, Justice Ojugbana-Orishedere expressed gratitude on behalf of the judges, expressing their appreciation to the governor for deeming them suitable to serve in the state judiciary. They assured their unwavering commitment to fulfilling their duties as outlined in the country’s constitution.