Courts In Cross River Shut Down Over Governor Ayade’s Refusal To Confirm...

Courts In Cross River Shut Down Over Governor Ayade’s Refusal To Confirm Female Chief Judge

By Silas Ebeh | News Reporter on March 2, 2020
Ben Ayade, Olorogun Tebite, PDP curfew cross river
Professor Ben Ayade, the governor of Cross River State

As tension continues to loom over the appointment of a new Chief Judge in Cross River state, all the courts including High courts, magistrate courts, and others have been shut down in the State over the non-confirmation of the chief judge, Akon Ikpeme.

Earlier on Monday, March 2, 2020, all the lawyers in the state have embarked on peaceful demonstration marching from the High court at Mary Slessor to the House of Assembly protesting the non-confirmation of the CJ, Daily Post reports.

Judiciary workers also have embarked on a similar protest locking all offices against people that have cases in various courts in the state.

Judiciary committee in the House of Assembly had slated on Monday, March 2, 2020, for the confirmation of the CJ after postponing it from Friday.

Sadly, none of the legislatures was in the House but a source alleged that the lawmakers were holding a clandestine meeting at an undisclosed venue.

Interestingly, security operatives have taken over the premises preventing the protesters and some lawyers from coming into the house.

At the time of filing this report, the tenure of the acting CJ expires, Monday, March 2nd, however, nobody knows whether the CJ will be confirmed today or not.

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