Lawyers under the aegis of “Concerned Lawyers in Cross River” on Monday in Calabar embarked on a peaceful protest calling on the executive and legislative arms of government to obey the recommendation of the NJC and swear in Justice Akon Ikpeme as the substantive CJ of the state.
In a statement jointly signed by Barr. Enome Amatey and Barr. Effiom Ayi, the lawyers berated the state government for allowing a vacuum in the head of the judiciary for 46 days and also driving the state judiciary system in acting capacity for 11 months.
They lamented that over 100 cases including Fundamental Human Rights applications filed by citizens cannot be assigned or heard.
The lawyers also called on Governor Ayade to restore the names of 40 magistrates in the state Ministry of Justice that were illegally removed and their salaries paid in full with compensation.