Saturday, April 19, 2014

Journalists barred from covering Jombo-Ofo, Bulkachuwa’s swearing-in

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Chief Justice of Nigeria Aloma Mariam Mukhtar

Ms. Jombo – Ofo has finally been sworn in as a Justice of the Court of Appeal.

Journalists were on Friday barred from covering the swearing-in of the Acting President of the Court of Appeal, Zainab Bulkachuwa and a Justice of the Court, Ifeoma Jombo-Ofo.

The event, which took place in one of the chambers of the Supreme Court in Abuja, saw journalists struggling to carry out their lawful duty, however they were prevented from doing so by armed security men.

The journalists said that such an event deserved full coverage by the media.

Others said the event should have been held in the auditorium rather than in a chamber that could barely contain 20 people.

However, the reporters of this story caught up with Ms. Bulkachuwa and Ms. Jombo-Ofo shortly after the ceremony.

Ms. Bulkachuwa expressed happiness for attaining such an enviable position in a male-dominated society.

She promised to assess plans on ground in order come up with workable strategies that would take the judiciary to a higher level.

“I feel happy, I feel elated, but I also thank God for bringing me to this stage.

“I have to see what is on ground and then make my plans,” she said.

On her part, Ms. Jombo-Ofo expressed satisfaction that the law had taken its course.

There had been controversies over her state of origin and this led to a delay in her swearing in.

She hails from Anambra but transferred her service to Abia, her husband’s state of origin, where has served for many years.

She was, however, sworn in on Friday after lawmakers, and civil society insisted on her swearing-in.

Ms. Jumbo Ofo promised to put in her best to disappoint her detractors.

She called on women not to be deterred by any opposition in their quest for a fulfilling career.

“I feel great, I feel fulfilled. The law has taken the course that God really wanted it to take.

“Every woman should have an ambition and aspire to get there with hard work. I will do my best, I know it’s a challenge, but I’m going to face it,” she said.

Today’s swearing-in ceremony means that Nigeria’s two highest courts, the Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeal, are now presided over by female justices, a feat in the nation’s history.

NAN

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