Reporter: AMECHI ODO
Justice Elvis Ngene has been sworn in as the 5th substantive Chief Judge of Ebonyi State.
At the event at the Christian Ecumenical Centre Abakaliki, Governor David Umahi restated the commitment of his administration not to interfere in the affairs of the state Judiciary.
The appointment of Justice Elvis Ngene followed the retirement of the former Chief Judge of the State, Justice Anslem Nwaigwe
Governor Umahi explained that Justice Ngene was recommended for appointment as the most senior Judge in the state and commended the past Chief Judges of the state for supporting the state government to maintain credible leadership succession plan based on seniority.
He noted that the state government must continue to insist that judicial officers dispense justice in line with the law and called for the retraining of magistrates in the state to forestall a repeat of negative experiences.
In a reaction, Justice Ngene noted that Ebonyi State Government had written its name in gold for being neutral in the selection of Chief Judges and promised not to betray the trust reposed in him to serve.
Also at the event, the immediate past Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Chief Onyekachi Nwaebonyi, was sworn in as the Commissioner incharge of the capital city with a task to clean up Abakaliki.