Appeal Court establishment: Former Anambra AG commends Bulkachuwa, Obi, Obiano …says Government is continuum

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By Phil Okose Onitsha

For the actualization of a division of the Court of Appeal in Anambra State, the President of Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Adamu

Bulkachuwa yesterday received commendation from a former Attorney

General and Commissioner for Justice, Anambra state, Barrister Peter

Afuba.

Expressing his joy over the establishment of the Court of Appeal

division in Awka, Barrister Afuba commended all those who in one way

or the other facilitated the actualization of the Appeal Court branch.

Afuba said the application for the court to be established in Awka

kicked off during his time as Attorney General and Commissioner for

Justice under former Governor Peter Obi’s regime when Obi’s

administration attracted the establishment of a Federal High Court and

Customary Court of Appeal in Awka.

He commended former Governor Peter Obi for his foresight in initiating

the process and incumbent Governor Willie Obiano for understanding

that Government is a continuum by actualizing the establishment of the

Court of Appeal in the state.

The former Attorney General commended the current Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Uju Nworgu and all those in the Ministry of Justice,

and the judiciary who contributed to make the Appeal Court project a reality by meeting all the conditions stipulated by the President of the Court of Appeal.

Afuba informed that siting an appellate court in Awka would lessen the sufferings of Anambra people traveling to other areas like Lagos, Kaduna, Enugu, Ibadan and Abuja for their appeal.  He said it would equally reduce the cost of travelling to Enugu frequently to obtain justice, and time of obtaining justice as well as the huge fees paid legal practitioners for their services.

 He noted that the socio-economic benefits of the court in Awka were great.

He also commended the five-person committee headed by Dr Onyechi

Ikpeazu, SAN  who worked for the creation of the appellate court including Mrs. Patricia Igwebuike, the Special Adviser to the State Government on Legal Matters as well as other committee members: Justice Anthony Iguh, formerly of the Supreme Court; Dr Uju Nwogu, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, and Mr Emeka Etiaba, a renowned Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

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