Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has sworn in Hon. Justice Patrick Uchenna Uhuo as the President, Customary Court of Appeal of the State in acting capacity.
The ceremony took place at the State Executive Council Chambers, Government House, Abakaliki on Thursday.
Uhuo replaces Justice O’ Connel Ogbonna, who died recently.
In his charge, Governor Umahi called on the new President, Customary Court of Appeal to continue to assist the Chief Judge in the execution of their statutory mandates as the third arm of Government.
He described the new president as a good and dependable man, urging him to continue his supportive roles to the Chief Judge and the Judiciary.”
He further commended the State Judiciary for its effectiveness in justice dispensation, urging them to continue to uphold transparency in their judicial undertakings.
Umahi said: “We have everything in Ebonyi State.
“We only need to reactivate our character and content.
“Ebonyi State Judiciary is an export commodity, and I am very proud of you.
“Let me commend you and ask you to continue to assist the Chief Judge and the entire Judiciary.”
In his response, the Acting President, Uhuo, thanked the Governor for finding him worthy to serve in the capacity.
He pledged to discharge his duties with diligence.
Uhuo added: “This is a solemn ceremony when Ebonyi State Judiciary is still mourning the demise of our President, Honourable Justice O’ Connel Ogbonna,
“I want to thank the Chief Executive of the State for finding me worthy to serve in this capacity.”
The swearing-in ceremony was witnessed by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kelechi Igwe; members of the State Executive Council; Minister of State for Health, Joe Ekumankama; the Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Francis Nwifuru; and the state Chief Judge among other dignitaries.