Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has sworn in Honourable Justice Ijem Onwuamaegbu as the first female Chief Judge in the state.
Justice Onwuamaegbu’s oath of office follows the voluntary retirement of the former Chief Judge, Justice Peter Umeadi.
Obiano, while inaugurating the CJ at the Government House in Awka, the state capital pledged the support of his administration to enable her to effectively deliver justice.
“It is a very great day in Anambra State today. I want to assure both the acting Chief Judge of the state and members of the bench and bar in Anambra State that I will give her all the support required to be able to deliver,” he said.
On her part, Justice Onwuamaegbu pledged to work in harmony with other arms of government to ensure effective and speedy delivery of justice.
“Your Excellency, I thank you so much for giving me that opportunity. My position today is one for a call of duty.
“I have been called to lead the very hardworking judges of Anambra State. I wrote an undertaking to properly deliver justice to all manner of people without fear or favour, particularly to work harmoniously with the other arms of government,” she stated.
Justice Onwuamaegbu’s appointment as Anambra’s first female chief judge comes 13 after Lady Virginia Etiaba governed the state, thereby becoming the first female governor in Nigeria’s history in 2006.