Following the retirement from service of erstwhile Benue State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Adam Ochume Onum on Friday, last week, Benue State Acting Governor, Engr. Benson Abounu, today swore in Hon. Justice Aondoaver Kaka’an as the new State Chief Judge. The event took place at the Banquet Hall of the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.
Engr Abounu charged the new Chief Judge to strive to follow and, even surpass the commendable footsteps of his predecessors in the area of the quick dispensation of justice to all manner of people who approach the court for justice.
He described Justice Kaka’an as an “erudite jurist whose knowledge and practice of the law is beyond reproach” and as someone of “great conscience who is fair, just and firm in the interpretation of the law”.
The Acting governor, who acknowledged the spirit of comradeship and unity in the Benue judiciary, called on the bench and the bar to give the new Chief Judge the needed support and cooperation to succeed, adding that the State Government shall accord him all the support, prayers and cooperation he needs to succeed.
He commended members of the State House of Assembly for prompt confirmation of the appointment and for the harmonious working relationship between the three arms of the government.
Responding, the new Chief Judge pledged to abide by the oath of office he took and to dispense justice to all without fear or favour, affection or ill-will. He thanked Governor Samuel Ortom and the members of the State House of Assembly for considering him worthy of the appointment.
The event was witnessed by a large number of people among them, former Governor Gabriel Suswam, the top echelon of the bar and the bench from Benue State and beyond, among them, Chief Judges from Plateau and Nasarawa states.