CJN commissions the ultra modern Justice Oputa High Court complex in Owerri - Trends and Politics


Wednesday, 15 May 2019

CJN commissions the ultra modern Justice Oputa High Court complex in Owerri

Hon. Justice Amina Augie (middle) Governor Rochas Okorocha (1st right), Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha (2nd right), Chief Judge of Imo State Justice Pascal Nnadi (1st left) and others, when Justice Augie who represented the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Tanko Mohammed Commissioned the Justice Oputa High Court Complex Owerri, built by Governor Okorocha, on Wednesday May 15, 2019.

The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Honourable Justice Tanko Mohammed has charged Judges in the Country to write Judgements for posterity and for the sake of history and not for money or any other material consideration, describing the late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa as a good example of what an ideal Judge should be.
Justice Mohammed spoke while commissioning the Ultra Modern High Court Complex built by the government of Governor Rochas Okorocha which is called Justice Oputa High Court Complex, in Owerri on Wednesday.
Justice Mohammed who was represented by a Judge of the Supreme Court, Hon. Justice Amina Adamen Augie stated “We thank God for the vision given to His Excellency, Governor Rochas Okorocha that came to fruition in the realization of this wonderful court complex. I doubt if there is any state in this country that has a High Court Complex as magnificent as this one. For this, we thank God for His Excellency, the governor of Imo State, we thank God for the Judges of Imo State and we thank God for the people of Imo State who are going to benefit from this complex after the commissioning”.
Justice Augie continued “The complex is so comfortable that it will enable judges to relax and do their jobs well and give justice without fear, favour or ill will. At the same time, when you walk in and see the name of the complex, Hon. Justice Oputa Complex, he is one of the greatest Jurists this country ever had. Till today, if I am writing any judgement, I still rely on him because he was a great jurist. He was able to capture the law, he was able to explain it and was able to put it into clear words,
Justice Oputa was an example of what a Judge should be. He never knew that one day a complex like this will be named after him. This is a message to all living judges that we must all have posterity in mind. It tells us that whatever we are writing, we should remember that one day, hundred years time one of your grand-children will be reading whatever rubbish you have written or reading something sublime you have written and they will proudly say, my grandfather or mother has done well by the kind of judgement he or she has written,
Posterity beckons on us not to write bad judgements today because somebody paid us money, tomorrow that person is gone, your reputation down the drain, your children will never want to accept that they were your children. When they are confronted with your name, they will deny it because the association comes with something shameful. Is this what we want as Judges? Or do we want, when long we are gone, our works will teach, motivate and inspire people even those who don’t know the law”, she stated.   
Governor Rochas Okorocha in his speech at the historic event said he would be remembered for all the works he has done as the governor of the State after he must left as governor stating “I stand here today to present to you this wonderful edice which is tripadite in arrangement. The first building standing by the left is called the Justice Building and the one in the middle is the Building of equity and the last one is building of fairness”.
His words “When I came in as the governor, I was not lucky like those packaged by the elites of Imo State. I hadn’t any support of the big masquerade politician in the State. I came in as the governor of Imo State through the window of the masses and not through the door of the elites. I didn’t have the co-operation of who is who because I bend protocols for the good of the masses. I have never broken any protocol or law, I only bend it a bit and make sure it doesn’t break, and at the stage of breaking, I strengthen it to the destination I am going to”.
He continued “One thing you cannot take away from me is that I came here with a passion and vision to make Imo better. But if I have followed your way, this structure standing here wouldn’t have been standing because there were many governors and leaders before me. If I had followed your style and system, the International Cargo airport which is the biggest in this country won’t be standing tall at the airport and so many other projects of note. Only few days ago, we collected the licence of four new Universities, all established in Imo State but yet you don’t understand,
Today, we have the best police headquarters in Nigeria after the one in Abuja and we have the best prison headquarters in Imo State all built by this government and our Justice Oputa Court Complex stands tall in Nigeria today. Let my work speak for me even after I leave office. This is the only message I have for my political opponents and definitely my work will speak for me”, he stated.
The governor remarked “By 29th May, I will no longer be governor and never in the history of mankind will I be your governor again. But one thing I am sure is that I have done and what I will be remembered for. I have opened up Owerri, I have given Owerri a new life and today our city is functioning, our roads are expanded, real estate is growing in geometrical progression. I have turned land to a capital as wealth set aside for production of further wealth. “Imo people will remember as the person who expanded and developed Imo, Imo people will remember me for the free education”.
The Chief Judge of Imo State, Justice Pascal Nnadi in his speech said “The event of today, which is the official and ceremonial commissioning of the new Justice Chukwudifu Akunne Oputa High Court Complex marks a major milestone in the annals of the history of the Judiciary of Imo State Nigeria. This edifice and world class Master Architecture was solely conceived, designed and erected by the Rescue Mission Administration of His Excellency, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha, the governor of Imo State of Nigeria”.
Justice Nnadi added “This is coming at a time when the Judiciary in the State is in dire need of such accommodation and facility for the execution of their legal duties. The Commissioning of this Complex today will go a long way to reduce the threatening suffocating situation of insufficient court facilities which for many gave rise to the uncomfortable situation which we have found ourselves in where Court Judges store one Court Hall”.

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