Taraba State Governor, Dr. Agbu Kefas, Sworn in Justice Filibus Joel Agya as the substantive Chief Judge and Justice Alfred Yakubu as the President of the Customary Court of Appeal. The ceremony, held in the Exco Chamber at the Government House in Jalingo on Monday, marked the culmination of their appointments, approved by the National Judicial Council on December 6, 2023.
During the event, Governor Agbu Kefas extended congratulations to the newly sworn-in Chief Judge and President of the Customary Court of Appeal, emphasizing the merit-based nature of their appointments. He urged them to uphold justice, maintain impartiality in their duties, and strive for transformative initiatives within the judiciary. The Governor reiterated his administration's dedication to promoting the rule of law in the state.
In response, Chief Judge Justice Filibus Joel Agya expressed gratitude to the Governor for deeming them worthy of their positions. He pledged to execute their responsibilities with integrity and a profound sense of duty, ensuring an independent judiciary free from external influence. Justice Agya commended Governor Agbu Kefas for the positive impact his administration has already made in the judiciary.
Notably, Justice Agya, in line with National Judicial Council guidelines, disclosed the submission of memoranda for the appointment of additional judges and officials across various courts. He advocated for the establishment of three more high court zones in Bali, Karim Lamido, and Zing, supplementing the existing ones in Gembu, Takum, and Wukari. Furthermore, the Chief Judge highlighted plans to introduce ICT facilities at the state High Court, aiming to digitize activities for improved efficiency and adherence to best practices.
The ceremony drew attendance from members of the state executive council, judicial officers, and family members of those sworn