NBA Ahoada Branch visits Customary Court of Appeal President, lauds his efforts in repositioning the Court

 

The Ahoada Branch Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Dr. Hilda Desmond-Ihekaira has commended the President of the Rivers State Customary Court of Appeal, Honourable Justice I.W. Obuzor for his untiring efforts in repositioning the Court.

Hilda Desmond-Ihekaira made the commendation during a courtesy visit by the Executive Committee and leadership of the Ahoada Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association.

Hilda Desmond-Ihekaira stated that the Rivers State Customary Court of Appeal is a very important Court in justice delivery in the state. She said the Ahoada Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association understands the importance of partnership for the overall development of the society. She thanked the President for spearheading the improvement of the welfare of Chairmen and members of Customary Courts in the state and also that of the judicial staff of the Court.

Furthermore, she drew the attention of the President to the state of disrepair of some of the Courts and pleaded that the situation be reversed.

On his part, the President of the Rivers State Customary Court of Appeal, Honourable Justice I. W. Obuzor thanked the Executive Committee and leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ahoada Branch for the visit. He emphasized that the customary courts is created to meet with the very core of justice as dictated by our long standing customs.

He said the courts are very simplified and devoid of technical issues of law as seen in other courts.

He said the Customary Court of Appeal is doing all it can to mitigate the issue of infrastructure deficit noted by the Chairman, Hilda Desmond-Ihekaira.

He said more courts have been created to extinguish the hardship faced by litigants in accessing the courts.

Finally, the President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Honourable Justice I. W. Obuzor stated that he and the court leadership are committed to eradicate every form of judicial ills and called on the Ahoada Branch of the NBA to help it in this regard.

The President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Honourable Justice I. W. Obuzor used the opportunity to thank the Rivers State Government for the assistance it gives the Customary Court of Appeal.

The president also created additional six customary courts in Rivers State and helped get warrants for some without warrants.

He promised that the court will pursue its objectives according to law.

Present at the visit were the Justices Ericondah- Amadi and Hon, justice B. N. L. Deemua and Hon, justice Ngei E. Tetenwi all of the Customary Court of Appeal, the Chief Registrar, His Worship, Jude Chinedu Onyeche, DCR (Admin) His. Honour Akpali Oviegorum Gordon Esq., DCR (Litigation) His Honour Abiye Stanley Ideriah Esq.

Other executive committee members and elders of the Ahoada Branch present were V. N. Ihua-Maduenyi, Eric Apia, Dr. Solomon Ebeku, Charles Amachree , Vice Chairman, Secretary, Romeo Need, Financial Secretary, Priscilla Ewoh, Welfare Secretary Blessing Oduley and Ijeoma Okoroba, Esq.

The branch also conferred on the President of the Customary Court of Appeal an honourary member of Ahoada branch with all the Privileges and Entitlements that comes with it.


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