The Justice Akon Ikpeme I know, By Okoi Obono Obla
Honourable Justice Akon Ikpeme is eminently qualified to be the Chief Judge of the High Court of Cross River State of Nigeria ! She is intelligent , sharp , brilliant and has good grasp , appreciation and understanding of the law !
I recollect a case concerning a criminal charge filed against Idang Alibi , an eminent journalist in 1993 ! I was the counsel to Idang Alibi and Justice Ikpeme ( then DPP of Cross River State ) was the prosecuting counsel !
She was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Cross River State more than 20 years ago ! I recollect I handled so many cases before her and she did her job with integrity and panache !
It is absurd , ridiculous and outrageous for some people to suggest that Honorable Justice Ikpeme is not from Cross River State or for the Cross River State House of Assembly to refused her confirmation as Chief Judge on the frivolous and baseless ground that she is a security risk !
It smacks excessive ethnic jingoist and prejudices for sone people to suggest that Justice Ikpeme is not from Cross River State ! It is retrogressive and blatant chauvinism to discriminate against Justice Ikpeme after so many years of serving the Cross River State !
The first Chief Justice of the defunct South Eastern State was not a Nigerian but from the Caribbean in Central America ! I recollect my cousin , Honorable Justice Okoi Ikpi Itam I’d blessed memory was Chief Justice of the High Court of the Republic of Gambia for many years !
Also few years ago,Honorable Justice Akomaye Agim ( from Obudu Cross River State ) was Chief Justice of the Republic of Gambia ! Late Honorable Justice Akintola Aguda ( from Ondo State of Nigeria ) was Chief Justice of the Republic of Botswana.
Late Gabriel Onyuike SAN was Chief Justice of the Republic of Uganda !…..
Barrister Okoi Obono Obla writes from Abuja FCT.