Sunday, 3 March 2013

‘Forgive past hurt and carry out your duties’- Gov. Amaechi Advices New High Court Judge

Gov. Amaechi congratulating Justice Benson
Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has advised the newly sworn in High Court Judge, Justice Stanley Owajima Benson, to forget what happened in the past on the delay in endorsing him as the High Court Judge.
Amaechi said this on Friday, 1st March, after swearing in Benson at Government House, Port Harcourt.

“Please while I congratulate you for being sworn-in as a Judge of the Rivers State High Court, I still plead with you in the name of Christ you and I worship that you should divorce the pain. When I came back to Rivers State I was full of pain, but I remembered and kept it away from governance. You must forgive everybody and govern the state in a manner that is pleasing to God,” the Governor said. click on read more below to continue reading...
He urged Benson to deliver justice accordingly and as fair as possible, “You have the powers of life and death. I don’t have that. You are quite different from all of us who are in this hall. We can be careless about what we say, but you cannot afford to be careless about what you say. No judge can be careless about what he says. You are different species of human beings in any country,” Amaechi said.

He added that besides being upright, that judges are also sacred people because of the unique responsibility of administering justice in society.
President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Okey Wali, hailed the decision of the Rivers State Government in swearing-in the new justice.

Wali said that Amaechi displayed high sense of rule of law by obeying the decision of the Nigerian Judicial Council (NJC).
He charged Justice Benson to ensure he carries out his duties with zeal and fairness as expected of him by the people of the state.

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