A developing story on the impasse between the National Judicial Commission and the Rivers State Government on who between Justices Daisy Okocha and Peter Agumagu is the substantive Chief Judge for Rivers State seemed to have been ‘forcefully’ resolved in the former’s favour. About 50 stern-looking policemen reportedly seized the High Court, on Tuesday, to install Justice Okocha. The incident was report to have sparked a protest from people opposed to the Okocha’s imposition. As at press time, policemen are said to have barricaded the Court premises, while Justice Okocha is holding a meeting with judges.
The court was locked three months ago due to the disagreement between the government and the NJC, while judicial workers equally withdrew their services. The matter is subjudice with the state government insisting that it complied with section 271 of the 1999 Constitution in appointing Agumagu.
Based on this, the NJC decided to suspend Agumagu, who until his appointment was the President of the Magistrate Court. NJC reasoned that Agumagu was not qualified since Okocha is his senior in the State’s judicial hierarchy.