Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, on Tuesday swore in Hon Justice Onochie Anyachebelu, at the Executive Council chambers, Government House, as the Chief Judge of the state.
Anyachebelu, before his confirmation by the Anambra State House of Assembly, had been acting as the Chief Judge of the state since September 4, 2019.
The development is coming after the National Judicial Commission and the State House of Assembly confirmed Justice Anyachebelu.
Governor Obiano while performing the swearing-in called on the new CJ of the state to fashion out modalities that would decongest inmates in different correctional centres in the state.
He said, “I charge you to devote time to hear criminal cases in order to facilitate the release of innocent citizens.”
“In your acting capacity, you demonstrated excellence and contributed in establishment of a Divisional Court of Appeal in Anambra.”
“Ensure you further project the image of the Judiciary in Anambra to a global height. As for me, I will continue to provide the necessary facilities needed to speed up dispensation of justice,” Gov Obiano charged.
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Dr Uju Nworgu,while speaking lauded the state governor for his support to the judiciary in the State.
Nworgu commened him for providing welfare packages and other necessary tools that would enhance justice delivery.
Justice Anyachebelu, while reacting to the call of the Governor, noted that the decongestion of correctional centres was a joint responsibility of Police, Officers of correctional centres, and sometimes the lawyers.
Justice Anyachebelu also disclosed that some team of magistrates had been constituted as a measure to solving delay of justice.
He commended Obiano for recommending him as the Chief Judge of Anambra State, under his administration.