Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has decried the involvement of some judicial officers in partisan politics, saying those in the temple of justice have no business in politics.
The governor said such partisanship was manifest in comments, special affiliations, body language, and palpable commitments.
Wike spoke while handing over 41 Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) to judges in the state’s judiciary and seven judges of the state’s origin serving in the Federal Judicial Service.
He said: “Adjudication and politics are incompatible extremes hence; no judge can be both and legitimately claim to be an independent and impartial adjudicator.
“Heads of the country’s judicial system should positively address the identifiable weaknesses and processes that have continued to create room for judicial corruption.
“The transformation agenda in the state judiciary under my administration is based on the fact that we believe that judges and magistrates who toil on a daily basis to dispense justice and advance societal peace need to be taken care of.
“Therefore, the rule of law, independence of the judiciary, and effective delivery of justice are on the top priority of my administration.
“Even though my administration inherited a judiciary that was completely neglected and judicial officers were treated with disdain, we made a commitment to change the unfortunate narrative”, he said.
The governor noted that only a dishonest character would deny the pragmatic and purposeful attention his administration brought to all facets of the state judicial system in the last five years.
He announced the completion of 20 purpose-built luxury and fully-furnished Judges Quarters built in fulfillment of his administration’s policy of providing decent life- long accommodation for all Judges in the State.
Governor Wike in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, also said that the government would relocate judges, who currently living in highly commercialized environments to befitting secured and serene locations.
He said that there should be no room for corruption and indulgence among judges following the level of incentives he had provided for them.
The governor urged the judges to reciprocate the government’s gesture by maintaining the highest sense of responsibility, integrity, and productivity in discharging their duties.
In her remarks, the State Chief Judge, Justice Adanma Iyaye – Lamikanra noted that Wike had made the state judiciary the envy of other judiciaries in the country in terms of infrastructure and technology.
Lamikanra expressed the gratitude of the State Judiciary to the governor for the gesture that would enhance the welfare of judges.
Also speaking, the State Attorney and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zaccheus Adangor said the presentation of the official vehicles to the judges was a demonstration of the implementation of one of the core values of the New Rivers Vision.