Abia Governorship Tussle State Attorney General denies going into hiding

Ogah also described the Chief Judge's action as an affront on the judicial process, adding that it could destabilise the state.

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Chief Judge of Abia state- Justice Theresa Uzoamaka Uzokwe

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The Chief Judge of Abia state, Justice Theresa Uzoamaka Uzokwe has denied reports saying she went into hiding.

Reports had alleged that Justice Uzokwe went into hiding because of pressures mounted on her to swear in the Abia Governor elect, Uche Ogah.

Ogah also described the Chief Judge's action as an affront on the judicial process, adding that it could destabilise the state.

The Judge also said she was in her office on Thursday, June 30, 2016, from 8:30am till 4:30pm, adding that the allegations were the work of cowards who do not have the good of the state at heart.

Justice Uzokwe also issued a statement through the Chief Registrar Abia State Judiciary, Mrs. Vicky Analaba, saying  “The attention of the Chief Judge of Abia State, Justice Theresa Uzoamaka Uzokwe, has been drawn to various spurious and mischievous reports alleging that the Honorable Chief Judge had absconded from her duty post on Thursday 30th June 2016, to avoid swearing in Uche Ogah as Governor of Abia State.

“Contrary to the allegations of cowardice by mischievous politicians, the Chief Judge, was in her office throughout work time on Thursday 30 June 2016 from 8:30am till 4:30pm.

“For the avoidance of doubt, on Thursday 30th June 2016, the Chief Judge was in her court room performing her lawful duties, including the delivery of four rulings on that date.

“The particulars of the rulings in question are, HU/35CM/2015 FRANCIS AKOR vs THE STATE; HU/ICM/2016-Johnson Aseigbu vs. Commissioner of Police, HU/42CM/2016-Onyekachi Samuel vs. Commissioner of Police; HU/34CM/2016-Lucky Sampson vs. the State.

“These facts are verifiable and in the records of the court. The various lawyers who appeared in the respective suits listed above are also living witnesses. This press release has become necessary in order to avoid further mischief and to set the records straight.”

Uche Ogah has also alleged that his life is being threatened.

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