The Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has approved the appointment of Justice Ijeoma Agugua as the new Acting Chief Judge of the state following Justice Pascal Nnadi’s retirement, Agugua ‘s immediate past. Justice Ijeoma, a member of the International Bar Association.
Justice Agugua is now the Administrative Judge of High Court Owerri, Imo State. The governor appointed Justice Agugua hours after the former Chief Judge, Justice Paschal Nnamdi retired.
Justice Agugua’s swearing in ceremony takes place on Friday, at the Sam Mbakwe Expanded Exco Chambers.
justice was born on 10 May 1960.
She attended Helen Kaunda Girls Secondary School, Kitwe, Zambia from 1971 to 1974, and afterwards received his WASSCE in 1975 from Ogidi Girls Secondary School, Ogidi, Anambra State. In 1977, he obtained an HSC from Federal Government College, Port Harcourt.
He studied Law and also obtained an LLB Hons in 1980 from Faculty of Lagos, awarded a BL in 1981 after attending Nigerian Law School, Lagos. He was called to the bar in 1981.
He’s had a work pedigree in the judiciary which is actually enviable, especially in the area of administration after 1993 he joined the High Court after serving as Chief Magistrate.
He’s now a fellow of the International Bar Association (ISA) Judges Forum along with National Association of Male Judges of Nigeria (NAMJN)
Justice Agugua is actually married with 3 kids and also loves Reading, Writing, Gardening and Travelling
Governor Uzodinma has reappointed the retiring Chief Judge of Imo State, Justice Paschal Nnadi as the chief technical adviser on judiciary.
The governor that believed that Justice Nnamdi is still filled with energy despite his retirement proceeded to appoint him Chief Technical Adviser on Judiciary, stating that the state still needs the expertise of his.
Uzodinma reiterated the determination of his to make sure he produces structures and policies which will market judicial autonomy.
Talking as a Special Guest at the valedictory session in honour of Justice Nnamdi, on Thursday, the Governor harped on the demand for freedom of the judiciary.
The Governor said: “The independence of the Judiciary is actually a cardinal target of the administration of mine. In this regard we shall go on to help the current framework and policies that encourage judicial autonomy. We shall go on to motivate the domestication and updating of statutes aimed at fast tracking justice delivery and strengthening in the state.”
Governor Uzodinma acknowledged that under the watch of the retiring Chief Judge, Imo Judiciary dispensed Justice with neither fear nor favour; thus, upheld the maxim that the judiciary remains the final hope of the most common male.
Outlining the high points of the profession of Justice Nnamdi, which spanned thirty two years, beginning as a Senior Magistrate in 1988, High Court Judge in 1998 and culminating in his elevation to Chief Judge in 2014, Governor Uzodinma noted that his calm mien and disarming wit brought him this far and has decided to serve the state and humanity excellently.
The Governor praised the erudite Jurist for leaving behind a strong judicial architecture for the state.