Makurdi – Gov. Smauel Ortom of Benue on Monday swore in Justices Cecilia Bakare and Michael Ugar, as judges of the Customary Court of Appeal .
Ortom said that the judges would boost the composition of the court as recommended by the National Judicial Service Commission.
He said that his administration would continue to administer justice according to the rule of law and due process, adding that “justice delayed is justice denied’’.
“This will enhance peace in the society and rekindle hope even among ordinary citizens.
“Our administration is committed to zero tolerance for corruption in all ramifications in all arms of government.
“We are also determined to sanction those who tamper with public funds for selfish purposes and to recover looted funds which belong to the state,’’ he said.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]
The governor further enjoined the judiciary to provide a veritable platform on which those accused of corruption could either exonerate themselves or be found liable.
He reiterated that his administration had no intention of witch-hunting anyone, adding that those in position of trust must be held accountable.
Ortom advised those accused of wrong doings to appear before the state commission of inquiry rather than making noise on pages of newspapers and social media.
“I want to be a free man after my service to the good people of Benue state.
“So, I have already warned all government appointees that I will not shield any of them from any anti-graft agencies should they temper with public funds for personal use.’’
Bakare, who spoke on behalf of the newly appointed judges, promised that they would not betray the trust reposed in them.
She commended the governor for endorsing the appointment of new judges in spite of the dwindling financial situation of the state. (NAN)