Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano, Tuesday at the Executive Council chambers, Government House, Awka swore in Hon Justice Onochie Anyachebelu as the substantive Chief Judge of the state.
Anyachebelu had been acting as the Chief Judge of the state since September 4, 2019, until his recent screening and affirmation by the Anambra State House of Assembly.
The ceremony followed National Judicial Commission’s recommendations of Justice Anyachebelu and the subsequent affirmation by the Anambra State House of Assembly on eleventh February, 2020.
It will be reviewed likewise that Hon Justice Anyachebelu was sworn in as the acting Chief Judge on September fourth, 2019.
Gov Obiano while performing the swearing-in charged him to fashion out modalities that would decongest inmates in different correctional centres in the state.
He stated, “I charge you to dedicate time to hear criminal cases so as to facilitate the release of innocent citizens.
“In your acting capacity, you demonstrated excellence and contributed in establishment of a Divisional Court of Appeal in Anambra.
“Guarantee you further project the image of the Judiciary in Anambra to a global height. As for me, I will continue to provide the necessary facilities needed to speed up dispensation of justice,” Gov Obiano charged.
In her discourse, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Uju Nworgu commended Obiano for his remarkable support to the judiciary in the State, and the provision of welfare packages and other necessary tools that would enhance justice delivery.
Reacting, Justice Anyachebelu noticed that the decongestion of correctional centres was a joint responsibility of Police, Officers of correctional centres, and sometimes the lawyers.
He regretted that there had been irregular appearances from the trio, while assuring to do his best. Justice Anyachebelu also disclosed that some team of magistrates had been constituted as a measure to solving delay of justice.
He lauded Obiano for recommending him as the Chief Judge of Anambra State, under his administration.