Rivers State House of Assembly (RSHA) has confirmed the appointment of Justice Daisy Okocha, as the Chief Judge of the State.
The new Speaker of the House, Adams Dabatorudima, announced this after a debate and vote by the state lawmakers during an emergency plenary which took place at about 7 pm on Wednesday.
The confirmation of Okocha by the state lawmakers followed a letter from Governor Nyesom Wike requesting for the assembly’s approval to confirm her as the substantive Chief Judge of the State.
The governor obviously sought the lawmakers’ approval for the confirmation following the decision of the Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt which on that Wednesday set aside the decisions of the Federal High Court, which earlier rejected Justice Okocha’s nomination as chief judge.
The Appeal Court later granted Governor Wike the authority to approve her appointment as the Chief Judge of the state.
Lawyer to the National Judicial Council (NJC), James Mmuo, who commented on this, also said that with the judgment so far, the State Assembly is entitled to confirm Justice Okocha’s appointment as the Chief Justice while Governor Wike gives final approval.