Judiciary Workers Condemn Suspension Of Abia CJ

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Embattled Chief Judge of Abia State Justice Theresa Uzokwe and the Deputy Governor of Abia State Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu

The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has condemned the suspension of the Chief Judge of Abia State, Justice Theresa Uzokwe, by the Abia State House of Assembly.

Justice Uzokwe was removed on Friday as the Abia State chief judge by the lawmakers over allegation of misconduct.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu had subsequently appointed Justice Obisike Oji as the acting chief judge of the State.

While reacting, the National President of JUSUN, Marwan Adamu, said the suspension of the chief judge without the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC) was unacceptable.

He also said the union was not aware of the allegations levelled against the suspended chief judge.

He said, “What is happening in Abia State is unacceptable. The suspension did not follow due process. If the chief judge has done anything wrong, there is a procedure.

“The House of Assembly cannot unilaterally suspend her without the input of the National Judicial Council. We expect that if the chief judge did anything wrong, the House of Assembly would write to the NJC to enable the NJC to act on it. But in a situation that the process was not followed, I think it is null and void.”

 

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