By Ferdinand Ekeoma (Umuahia).

“This is the first time the Judiciary will be getting what is due to her in full”. Those were the words of Her Lordship, Justice Lilian Abai three months ago during her birthday celebration hosted in her honour by Abia State Government.

In line with the promise of His Excellency, Dr. Alex Otti to ensure that Abia judges and other officials of the Judiciary are treated with dignity and properly taken care of as a way of upholding their status and motivating them to render effective services, the state Governor yesterday handed over Five (5) INNOSON G6 Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV) to five High Court judges who were appointed about four years ago but weren’t provided with official vehicles to effectively discharge their duties.

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Speaking while presenting the keys and papers of the Vehicles to the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Lilian Abai at the State High Court Umuahia, Governor Otti explained that the gesture was in fulfilment of his promise to the judges.

Governor Otti who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Pastor Celeb Ajagba PhD, said he has never hidden his love and respect for the Judiciary and
assured of his determination to enaure that the judiciary functions well and very effectively by giving them the necessary support and cooperation.

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The State Chief Judge, Justice Abai who later handed over the keys of the Vehicles to the beneficiaries, which included, Justice Ogbonna Adiele, Justice Chimezie Nwakanma, Justice Enyinnaya Okezie, Justice Okoronkwo and Justice Philomena Nweke, thanked the Governor for fulfilling his promise and acknowledged him as being Judiciary friendly.

Responding on behalf of the Judges, Justice Enyinnaya Okezie appreciated the Governor for the gesture and assured that the vehicles will be put to good use.

Present during the presentation was the Honourable Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Ikechukwu Uwanna and other government officials.

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