The Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, today, swore in Justice Matilda Ayemieye as the acting Chief Judge of the state, the Punch has reported. Ayemieye took the oath in an acting capacity during a brief ceremony in the Executive Council Chambers of the Government House, Yenagoa.

Her swearing-in followed last week’s retirement of Justice Kate Abiri, who served as the Chief Judge of the state for 15 years.

Diri charged the new acting Chief Judge to maintain the cordial relationship between the executive and the judicial arms of government in the state.

The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, noted that Ayemieye was eminently qualified for the position as the most senior judge in the state judiciary.

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He urged her to carry her colleagues along in the scheme of things in order to move the state judiciary to greater heights. He called on other members of the judiciary to support Ayemieye to enable her succeed.

Diri said, “The newly appointed acting Chief Judge was the most senior of the judges and has been working harmoniously with her predecessor, who also worked harmoniously with the other arms of government.

“So, beyond being a high court judge, you are now in government as the leader of the judicial arm. We expect that you will maintain the same harmonious relationship that this government has enjoyed with the judicial arm of government.

“Having gone through your CV, you have the pedigree to lead the judiciary. So, I wish you well and urge you to carry your colleagues along without discrimination. I pray that going forward you will move the state judiciary to greater heights.”