Governor Nyesom Wike, has has reacted to the intimidation of Judges by some persons or personalities. He noted that the judiciary must assert itself for the country to make progress.
The governor noted that it was worrisome that in some situations, the Judges felt too intimidated to discharge their constitutional duties.
According to Governnor in a statement by Kelvin Ebiri his Special Assistant on Media, The Governor spoke shortly after swearing-in two new High Court judges and a permanent secretary at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
Governor Nyesom Wike said: “This country cannot move forward if the judiciary does not come out to say we must be firm to do our work.”
The governor observed that the issue of independence of the judiciary had been narrowed to the ability of the judiciary to control its capital fund and overhead.
But Wike noted that the judiciary could have all the money in the world and still not be independent.
“What should be of importance to judicial officers is whether they are given the necessary liberty to discharge their constitutional duties in accordance to the law,” he said.
He advised the two newly sworn-in Judges to use their energy to advance the course of justice and refuse to be intimidated.
“Whatever you believe that is right do it. It doesn’t matter who is involved. Don’t be intimidated by the federal government,” he said.
Wike directed the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zaccheus Adangor (SAN) to expeditiously issue the two judges the Certificate of Occupancy of their official residence.
He said: “It will be proper for us to know how many more Judges they will appoint by next year so we will be able to build houses for them now and keep it ready.”