Anambra State judiciary would present awards to Governor Willie Obiano and the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hosea Karma, at the fifth annual Chief Judge’s Dinner and Award night slated for this weekend.
Speaking to journalists yesterday in Awka, the Chief Registrar, Mrs. Doris Ezeani, listed other awardees as Mr. G.R. Egonu, SAN, and Senator. N.N. Anah, SAN.
Others are Mr. Iduu Mmegwa and nine staff of the state judiciary for their exemplary roles.
Ezeani explained that Obiano was nominated for his good works in the security and infrastructure sectors, especially in the judiciary.
According to her, Obiano commenced the construction of three high court buildings in the three judicial divisions of Aguata, Ihiala and Otuocha.
“He also approved 14 magistrate court buildings within two years,” the chief registrar said.
She added that Karma was nominated for improving the security of lives and property in the state.
“He created the judges’ protection unit and got police officers stationed there permanently with patrol vehicles. This has helped the judiciary to improve its relationship with the police and removed a lot of knotty issues that cropped up in the past,” Ezeani said.
She noted that Egonu, Anah and Mmegwa were old and reputable lawyers, who were being honoured for their contributions to the legal profession.
According to her, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed, OFR, was expected at the occasion as Special Guest of honour.
Ezeani said a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Mrs. Miannaya Essien, SAN, would present a paper on the theme “Separation of Powers: A key to the Grundnorm.”
“Independence and autonomy of the judiciary has been a big problem between the executive and judicial arms of government. We want to create awareness on what they entail and see how the paper could help the judiciary work independently without interference from other tiers of government,” the chief registrar said.
However, it would be recalled that the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Peter Umeadi, was appointed in 2011 by former Governor Peter Obi.