By Amos Aar
BENUE State governor, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia, has sworn in three High Court judges and one judge of the Customary Court of Appeal with a charge on them to be fair and ensure quick dispensation of justice.
Those sworn in on Wednesday at Government House, Makurdi for the High Court include Lilian Ngusuur Tsumba, Esq., Patrick Eka Oche, Esq., and Peter Mvendaga Ukande, Esq., while Barr. Fidelis Vihiluntswen Iortyer was inaugurated as judge of the Customary Court of Appeal.
Governor Alia expressed optimism that the new appointments would enhance the effectiveness of the High Court and the Customary Court of Appeal, adding that it will boost their capacities in carrying out their roles of adjudication and dispensation of justice.
The governor urged the newly sworn-in judges to see their elevations as a privilege to serve the state and nation and not for personal gains.
He assured that his administration will not interfere with the affairs of the judiciary and accord it total respect.
Responding on behalf of the new appointees, Hon. Justice Lilian Ngusuur Tsumba thanked Governor Alia and the Benue State Judiciary for finding them worthy of the elevation.
Justice Tsumba commended the Governor for accepting the recommendation of the National Judicial Council for their elevation and promised that they will not take for granted the confidence the public reposed in them.
Governor Alia used the occasion to appeal to workers from ministries, departments, and agencies, who were not paid on June 25, 2023 due to scanning of records to be patient as he assured that their salaries will soon be paid.