The Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has sworn in Justice Matilda Ayemieye as the fourth substantive Chief Judge of the state after serving in an acting capacity for about six months.
The swearing-in took place on Thursday at the Executive Council Chambers of Government House, Yenagoa, where the oaths of allegiance and office were administered by the state Chief Registrar, Amaebi Orukari.
Administering the oath, Diri said her appointment was in accordance with established practice and in line with Section 271 Subsection 1 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
The Bayelsa governor noted that the event symbolised a significant milestone in his administration’s commitment to the rule of law and the effective administration of justice, stressing that it was the consolidation of the state’s judicial system that continued to promise fairness, impartiality, and justice for all.
Justice Ayemieye, who was appointed acting Chief Judge on January 16, 2023, following the retirement of her predecessor, Justice Kate Abiri, promised to take the dispensation of justice closer to the rural dwellers.
The governor also charged the judiciary to remain independent, impartial, and free from any external influence as well as uphold the principles of justice and fairness.