Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has appointed Justice Ngozi Emehelu as the new Acting Chief Judge (CJ) of the state.
Emehelu’s appointment was sequel to the suspension of former state CJ, Justice Innocent Umezulike by the National Judicial Council (NJC) and his compulsory retirement by Governor Ugwuanyi.
The new Acting CJ was sworn-in after an oath of office administered on her by the state’s Solicitor-General, Victor Emeribe at the state’s Executive Council Hall, Enugu.
According to Governor Ugwuanyi, Emehelu’s swearing-in was consistent with Section 271 (4) of the 1999 constitution as amended, having received two letters recommending the former Chief Judge’s suspension and compulsory retirement from office.
Ugwuanyi said, “If the office of the CJ of a state is vacant, or if the person holding the office is for any reason unable to perform the functions of the office … the governor of the state shall appoint the most senior judge of the high court to perform those functions.
“Accordingly, Hon. Justice Ngozi Priscilla Emehelu, the most senior judge of the High Court of Enugu State, has been appointed and sworn-in as the acting Chief Judge of Enugu State.”
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