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