Abia Assembly Removes CJ


Nnaya Eziyi, Umuahia

Abia State Chief Judge (CJ), Justice Theresa Uzokwe has been suspened from office for various alleged offences by the State House of Assembly.

This followed a motion by Solomon Akpulonu, the deputy majority leader of the 24-member House, which was seconded by Abraham Oba, the minority leader.

Overtime there had been reports of inharmonious relationship between the embattled CJ and the government as well as the staff of the state judiciary.

The House has constituted an 8-member committee headed by Chidiebere Thomas-Thomas (Obingwa West) to investigate the allegations in seven days.

A petition to the House by Global Centre for Peace & Justice, which was obtained by our coresspondent acussed her of tyranny, infamy, gross misconduct and incompetence.

The petion which was signed by its Executive Director and Director Legal Services, Anthony Agbazueare and Obinna Nkume respectively was obtained by our corresspondent.

The petition, dated January, 22, said, “The time to act and remove Justice Theresa Uzoamaka Uzokwe is now, before our situation becomes irredeemable.”

The petition had been presented by Mezie Nwubani (Ukwa West) as a matter of urgent public importance at the plenary, which had been convened as an emergency sitting.

During deliberation on the motion, Martins Azubike (Isiala Ngwa North) urged the House to be properly guided by Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution, which deals on fair hearing.

Meanwhile, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has sworn in Justice Obisike Oji as the acting CJ “to bridge the gap created by the suspension of the 6th head of the judiciary.”