OJO ISAAC reports that the Anambra state Chief Judge, Justice Peter Umeadi has inaugurated the Willie M. Obiano Anambra State Multi Door Court House at the Headquarters of the Judiciary complex, Awka.
This is coming as Justice Umeadi renamed the State Judiciary Headquarters after Hon Justice Anthony Ikechukwu Iguh, CON, a retired Supreme Court Judge. The complex henceforth should be referred as Anthony Iguh Judiciary Headquarters, Awka , Anambra state.
The Chief Judge of the State Justice Peter Umeadi who announced this explained that the State Judicial Service Commission (JSC) agreed to re-name the institution after the renowned retired Justice, at its two hundred and thirty seventh (237th) meeting held on 7th August, 2017 after which he wrote Governor Obiano for approval. He said the renaming shall be for all times.
Justice Anthony Ikechukwu Iguh was the first Chief Judge of the new Anambra State but retired as a justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2004, at the age of seventy. Umeadi said Iguh is the honoured list of Chief Judges of Anambra state and thanked God or his amazing health all this while.
At the inauguration of the Willie M. Obiano Anambra State Multi Door Court House as an avenue for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to numerous cases ordinarily would be abandoned by people sequel to high cost of seeking for justice in regular courts, Justice Umeadi reminded that exorbitant cost of seeking justice in Nigeria has made some indigent people to abandon claims that are genuine and feasible.
The Chief Judge later presented to the public three books containing guides to dispensation of justice in Anambra state including Anambra state Multi Door Court rules, Anambra state Magistrate Court rules and Anambra state High Court rules.
Meanwhile, the Anambra state Chief Judge, Hon Justice Peter Umeadi has sworn in two Presidents of the Anambra state Customary court and 68 members of the state Customary court with a charge to live above board at all times.
The two Presidents sworn in were Ikekwuibe Chiemerie Dorcas Esq and Chinwe Okagbue Adindu Esq. This brings to 33 the number of Presidents of the State Customary court after 3 were elevated to DCR.
The Chief Registrar of Anambra state Judiciary, Your Honour Chinyere Ossy-Okoye presented the Presidents and 68 members to the Chief Judge for swearing in and taking of oath of office as assisted by the Executive Secretary of the Judicial Service Commission, Anambra state, Your Honour, Stanley Mbanaso.
Justice Umeadi after swearing in cautioned them on the need not to compromise their status but to always ask questions and read up the laws to do a good job since according to him hard work does not kill but rather pays.
Commending the Chief Judge for their elevation on behalf of the Presidents of Customary court, Ikekwuibe Chiemerie Dorcas Esq and Ekwebenem Rose on behalf of the members assured that they would stop at nothing in assisting in advancing the role of Judiciary in dispensation of justice delivery in the state.
This is coming as new three (3) Judicial Divisions have been created in Anambra state Judiciary by the state Chief Judge, Justice Peter N.C. Umeadi. The new divisions were weekend flagged off by Justice Umeadi.
Justice Umeadi said this became necessary to reduce the cost of litigation by bringing courts closer to the people, and decentralize judicial services for better dispensation of justice in the state.
The new judicial divisions included Orumba South Judicial Division with High Courts in Umunze and Nkerehi-Umuchukwu judicial division to decentralize Aguata judicial division; Ogbaru judicial division with High courts in Atani and Osamalla to decentralize Onitsha judicial division; and Anaocha judicial division with High Court in Neni (foundation laying) to decentralize Awka judicial division.
Another High Court’s ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a High Court at Achalla , Awka North local government area in honour of former Chief Judge of the state , Hon Justice P.K Nwokedi at the local government on a land donated to the Judiciary by the Achalla community for building of Customary, Magistrate and High courts. Achalla High Court will compliment Awka High Courts as well as Dunukofia and Anaocha.
As well, Justice Umeadi has commissioned two Magistrate Courts in Achina, Aguata local government area and Nanka in Orumba North local government area while Ugbenu Magistrate court will be commissioned next week.
Commissioning of Achina Magistrate Court was filled with fun as the Achina famous Mmonwu dance competition and other dance groups thrilled the Chief Judge and his team while the event was hosted by a well-known Achina Philanthropist, Chief Anthony Obuekezie , Ezeunara.
The Achina Magistrate court is situated at the defunct Amaiyi Local government area location as built and donated to Achina Town Union by ‘Anyi-bu-Ife age grade as their outing project. The age grade chairman, Chief Azubuike Ezeonwuekwe, President General of Achina Town Union , Sir Ben Chito Ezeani and the traditional ruler of Achina, HRH Igwe Godwin Obiorah among others witnessed the event.
At Achalla unveiling of the stone mark, Justice Umeadi was extolled in glowing tributes by the traditional ruler of Achalla, Igwe Dr Alex Ezeoba Nwokedi , Uthoko Na Eze Achalla while his son, Uche Nwokedi SAN, during his vote of thanks described Anambra state Judiciary under Justice Umeadi as ‘’cost effective conscious Chief Judge’’ as the creation of new divisions lowers costs of litigation. He lamented the effects of justice denial which affects democracy.
Speaking, the Chief Judge of the State, Hon. Justice Umeadi said that the citing of the high court in the area became necessary as courts in Dunukofia, Njikoka and Anaocha council areas have been moved to another judicial division, hence a vacuum that urgently needed to fill for easy dispensation of justice.