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Substantive Imo C.J: Agugua Knows Fate Soon As 3mnts Acting Expires June 13

The Acting Chief judge of Imo State, Hon. Justice Ijeoma Agugua would know her stand either to be appointed the substantive chief judge of Imo State as expected or she would go and add to her legal curriculum vitae, the Former Acting Chief Justice of Imo State.

This followed the elapse of her Three months appointment as Acting Chief Judge which comes to an end by 13th of this month.

As contained in section 271(5) of the 1999 constitution as amended, the fate of the Acting Chief Judge now lies on the National Judicial Council (NJC) to recommend either the Acting Chief Judge to be made a substantive judge by the Governor owing to the confirmation by the State House of Assembly or not.

According to the above section of the constitution, the Governor has been stripped of the power to re-appoint her on acting capacity after the elapse of three months except to make her substantive which requires the recommendation of the NJC.

Governor Hope Uzodinma had on March 2020, appointed justice Agugua, the acting chief judge in Imo.

Although, the said appointment was greeted with varying complaints and petitions which are being handled by the appropriate quarters in the judiciary

Some of such petitions include the lawsuit which is pending in Abuja Federal High court where an Imo citizen, Amadi has petitioned the appointment of the said Agugua on the grounds that the appointment never followed due process

In the said petition, the petitioner further accused Imo state judicial service commission of bias in their nomination amongst others

In reacting to these petitions, the Attorney General of Imo state and commissioner for justice, Coc Akaolisa pointed out that Imo state Government was not in a hurry to appoint Agugua chief judge, he further rebuffed the allegations against the judge which according to him emanated from those that do not wish the woman well.

Akaolisa also said that Agugua was a senior to retired justice Nnadi but was marginalized and was denied nomination from the same people who don’t wish her well.

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