Imo State Governor, Anayo Rochas Okorocha has admonished the state judiciary to shun deceptive antics of desperate detractors who are working round the clock to misinform the general public about government programs and policies.
Speaking during the activities marking the 2016-2017 legal year at the High Court premises in Owerri, Okorocha charged the judiciary to be alive to their responsibilities, rightly dispense justice and constructively criticize the government when it is necessary.
He tasked them to verify issues before going to press and not to be a clog in the wheel of progress.
Reacting to uncomplimentary remarks against him by the Imo State Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Mr Lun Nwakaeti, Okorocha described as untrue the sack of over 1000 local government workers and other anti-government policies he mentioned.
Governor Okorocha stated convincingly that judicial workers in Imo State earn higher salaries more than their counterparts in the other states and challenged them to counter his claim with facts and figures.
The governor who observed that the state NBA chairman derailed in his speech and spoke with a bitter heart, called on the judiciary to properly investigate issues before them without bias so as to balance their opinion about the activities of government.
He called for more cordial relationship between the judiciary and the executive arm of government as it would be in the overall interest of the state and promised to address the issue of upgrade of poor facilities in the court.
The Chief Judge of Imo State, Justice Paschal Nnadi, said the theme of the Legal Year; ‘Adherence to Judicial Ethics as the Bedrock to Enhance Justice Dispensation’ was chosen to draw attention to all the programmes of National Judicial Council.
He pleaded with the state government for the completion of the burnt Customary Court of Appeal buildings.
Speaking in his capacity as the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr Miletus Nlemedim scored the judges high for their professional conduct and promised that the state government will soon complete the new court complex in new Owerri.