Abia House Retires Chief Magistrate Over Age Falsification

By Tony Nwanne

Abia State House of Assembly has recommended the retirement of Uzoma Grace Ukeje, a Chief Magistrate for alleged falsification of age.

They said she violated the laws and guidelines for retirement of magistrates in the state.
The House also recommended that salaries she was paid for the period she allegedly over-stayed in the office should be refunded.

The lawmakers further recommended to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to dissolve the state Judicial Service Commission for mishandling the petitions against Ukeje from aggrieved litigants, who claimed that a judgment she gave against them was in error. According to the information from the House of Assembly and the state Ministry of Justice, petitions were written against the magistrate, which were not attended to by the Commission. However, when the petition was investigated by the House, it found merit in it, hence the recommendations. According to the Deputy Speaker of the House, Cosmos Ndukwe, in the course of investigation, the House discovered that the date of birth given by Ukeje was contradictory to the date of birth found in her law school and first appointment in the old Imo State.


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