The new Edo State Chief Judge, Esohe Ikponwen, has promised that the State’s judiciary under her care will have zero tolerance for corruption.
Ikponwen made this pledge during her swearing in ceremony at the Edo State government house in Benin, the state capital.
“There will be no more room for corrupt practices in our judiciary,” she promised, while calling on other judges in the state to collaborate with her “for the strengthening of the third arm of the government.”
The new Chief Judge promised “to be hard working, ensure speedy dispensation of justice and stand for the truth; It is the truth that setsone free.”
She also assured of the independence of the judiciary and collaboration with other arms of government for peaceful coexistence in the state.
Speaking during the swearing in ceremony Governor Godwin Obaseki noted that every government must recognise the importance of the judiciary.
Obaseki pointed out that the numerous achievements recorded by the Oshiomole-led administration were largely due to the cordial relationship between the Executive and the Judiciary.
The governor also noted that the choice of Ikponwen as the Chief Judge was because of her track record of strictness and fairness in the dispensation of judgments.
He urged the new Chief Judge to bring her wealth of experience to bear in the discharge of her duties while sustaining harmonious relationship between judges in the state.
Obaseki further pledged that his administration will always uphold the rule of law.Justice Ikponwen who holds an LL.B and a BL in Law was born November 22,1954 and has been a judge at the state High Court since 1999.
She takes over from Justice Cromwell Idahosa, who occupied the office from 2010 to Jan. 26, 2017.She becomes the third female chief judge of Edo State following in the footsteps of Justices Abigail Oni-Okpaku and Constance Momoh.