The General Public, Lawyers and Litigants are hereby notified that in compliance with the provisions of Order 45 Rule 4(d) of the Bayelsa State High Court Rules, 2010 The Honourable, The Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Hon. Justice Kate Abiri CON has directed as follows:
- That the 2017 Annual Vacation of the High Court shall commence from Monday, the 7th day of August, 2017 to Friday, 15th day of September, 2017.
- That the Court will resume from Annual Vacation and Court sittings will commence on Tuesday, the 19th day of September, 2017.
- That during the Vacation, Hon. Justice M. A. Ayemieye of High Court 3, Yenagoa/High Court Amassoma & Oporoma shall sit as the Vacation Judge at the High Court Complex, Ovom – Yenagoa.
- That the Vacation Judge shall entertain only very urgent matters filed during the Vacation period.
INEIKINIMI A. UZAKAH
(HIGH COURT Of JUSTICE)
The Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal presided by their Lordships, Hon. Justice Ali Abubakar Gumel, JCA (PJ), Hon. Justice Theresa Ngolika Orji-Abadua, JCA, Hon. Justice Isaiah Olufemi Akeju, JCA, Hon. Justice Cordelia Ifeoma Jombo-Ofo, Hon. Justice Bitrus Gyarazama Songa, JCA is holding a Special Court Session in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State.
This is the fourth in the series of such Court Sessions since the creation of Bayelsa State. The event is so dear to all, particularly the Judiciary and the good people of Bayelsa State as this will clear the backlog of Appeals from the various jurisdictions and Judicial Divisions from Bayelsa State filed before the Court in Port Harcourt.
In her welcome address Hon. Justice Kate Abiri, CON, Chief Judge of Bayelsa State welcomed the Revered Justices and their support staff. She enjoined members of the Bar to be serious in the conduct of their cases as it is a relief to them as Lawyers and their clients.
The Chief Judge of Bayelsa State also made a case for the establishment of a Division of the Court of Appeal in Yenagoa and expressed the readiness of the State Government to provide the needed facilities for a smooth take off.
In their remarks, Kemesuode Wodu, Esq., Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice and Eric E. Derie, Esq., Chairman Yenagoa Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association expressed difficulties faced by Litigants from Bayelsa State in terms of time, money for them to attend to matters on Appeal. The Special Session will save the people of the State substantial expenses, time and inconveniences and therefore commends all the good people of the State for generating a large number of Appeals in the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division despite the obvious difficulties as a riverine State.
In his response the Presiding Justice, Hon. Justice Ali Abubakar Babandi Gumel, JCA expressed happiness on the warm reception accorded his team by the Hon. Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, the Attorney General, members of the Bar and the good people of Bayelsa State. Hon. Justice Ali Abubakar Babandi Gumel, JCA said he will not fail to give his node to the request for the establishment of a Division of the Court of Appeal in Yenagoa if his opinion is sought on the matter. He advised Lawyers and Litigants to make good use of the two weeks sitting of the Court for the benefit of their clients.
JULIUS LAMBERT NYANANYO
For the Lord gives wisdom, from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding; He guard the paths of justice and preserves the way of His saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path – prov. 2:6, 8-9.
That is the Hon. Justice M. I. Akpomiemie who after 31 years of meritorious service and also attaining the mandatory or statutory age of 65 years retired as a Judge of the High Court by virtue Section 291 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) on the 13th of March, 2017. My Lord is a Judge known for her firmness, doggedness and uprightness in dispensing Justice to all.
A Valedictory Ceremony was held in her honour, this being the first of such ceremony since the present Chief Judge of Bayelsa State mounted the mantle of Leadership of the Bayelsa State Judiciary. As part of the activities to mark the Valedictory Ceremony, a Church service held at the St. Peter’s Anglican Church Yenagoa, a Court Session, Special thanksgiving service and reception were also held in her honour.
The Hon. Judge has put down some of her thoughts as a Judge in a book form (Judgments and Rulings), and it was presented and launched at the D.S.P. Alamieyesiegha Memorial Banquet Hall, Yenagoa by His Excellency, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, Governor of Bayelsa State. The book launch was chaired by Hon. Justice F. F. Tabai, CON (JSC). In attendance were the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, the Rt. Hon. Speaker, Bayelsa State, The State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Kate Abiri, CON, Hon. Justice D. A. Ayah, President, Customary Court of Appeal, Representatives of the Chief Judge and President, Customary Court of Appeal of Delta State. Hon Judges of Rivers and Delta State, The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice (K. Wodu, Esq.). Also in attendance were members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Service Commanders, members of the State House of Assembly, members of the State Executive Council, the Clergy, the Chairman and members of Traditional Rulers Council, Bayelsa State and beyond.
The event was marked with pomp and pageantry and much joy and jubilation by all in the Judiciary as well as friends, family members and well-wishers.
The entire Bayelsa State Judiciary wishes the Hon. Justice M. I. Akpomiemie (Rtd) a successful retirement life.
JULIUS LAMBERT NYANANYO