Abia CJ: ‘Assembly Resolutions Advisory’

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 12th, 2014

Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Abia State, Chief Umeh Kalu says that the resolution made by the Abia State House of Assembly recommending the removal of the state former Chief Judge, Justice Nnenna Oti was advisory.

Kalu added that government has not taken any position on the issue.

It will be recalled that Abia State House of Assembly recently removed the chief judge from office, barely three months after her appointment after being accused of misconduct.

The state lawmakers  sacked the state’s first female CJ with 18 out of the 24 members voting in favour of her removal, based on the report of the ad hoc committee set up to investigate allegations of misconduct against the CJ for allegedly releasing suspected criminals in prison custody.

Kalu explained that the Governor was away on his annual vacation when the resolution was made and would react to it when he returned. “Abia State government remains committed to the tenets of democracy, rule of law and good governance.

“The government is not unmindful of the letters of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), especially as it relates to the duties assigned to the three arms of government, that is, the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary and the need for their independence and non-interference by any arm in the activities of the other.

“The three arms of government in Abia State enjoy optimum cooperation and collaboration in the running of the affairs of the state and there has never been any friction between any of these arms since the inception of the government of Chief T. A. Orji in 2007. This explains the peace that we enjoy in Abia State, which is assured till the termination of the present Government in May 2015.

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