Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has eulogised the outgoing Chief Judge of the state, Justice Iorhemen Hwande at his valedictory court session at the Makurdi High Court today.
He also expressed support for the autonomy of the judicial and legislative arms of government.
Governor Ortom described Justice Hwande as a great, humble, God fearing and erudite jurist, who had an outstanding career in the Benue State judiciary.
“Mr. Justice Hwande rose through the ranks with an impeccable service record to become Chief Judge of Benue State, a position in which he served the state for 11 years,” he stated.
“He sustained the reputation of the State judiciary as one of best in the country through sacrificial, honest and exemplary leadership which impacted positively down the line.”
Governor Ortom reiterated his commitment the doctrine of separation of powers and pledged not to interfere with the work of the judicial and legislative arms of government and expressed support for their autonomy.
The Governor had organized a state banquet for the Chief Judge the night before the valedictory court session.
Justice Hwande appealed to Governor Ortom and his colleagues to repose confidence in the judiciary by granting it autonomy at the state level.
He called for the appointment of Chief Judges to serve at the Supreme Court stressing that emphasis should be placed on competence and integrity rather than geographical spread.
The retiring Chief Judge expressed appreciation to his colleagues, judicial staff and the Governors under whom he served for creating an enabling environment for him to record a successful tenure.