The Rivers State government has decried what it called, National Judicial Council’s (NJC) continued unconstitutional involvement in the state judiciary.
The body of jurists had directed that the most senior judge in the state high court should perform functions of the state chief judge.
Reacting to the directive, the state Attorney General of Commissioner for Justice, Worgu Boms, described the decision of NJC as unfortunate and unconstitutional.
“The statement did not name who that most senior judge is, as if the public to whom the notice is published, is not entitled to know who, actually, the NJC is deciding or directing to perform such an important public duty,” he said.
He said there was nothing personal in Rivers State Government’s divergence of views and methodology with the NJC’s, filling of the vacancy of the office of the Chief Judge of Rivers State.
“However, the Rivers State Government, as a responsible federating unit of Nigeria, expected the NJC to deal with, and handle the issue with even, a higher degree of responsibility, candour, professionalism and detachment befitting such a body of distinguished judges, and senior lawyers, and chaired by no less a person than the Chief Justice of Nigeria. Sadly, the reverse is the case.”
According to him, the directive by NJC fell short of the lofty expectations, especially as its decision and position were, “ clearly unconstitutional and evidently lawless and consequently, legally indefensible.’’
He further held that the press release concerning the appointment of Chief judge in Rivers State, issued by NJC was also misleading, as it was written in such a manner that suggested that that nothing was being hidden from the public.
He further said: “Indeed, so much was buried in that press release, which was non-informative and vacuous and thus, misleading to the public as the NJC gave the unedifying impression to the Nigerian public that it had power to do what it did and that it is genuinely concerned with the state of affairs in the Rivers State Judiciary.
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