Twice rejected by the State House of Assembly for being a security threat Justice Akon Bassey Ikpeme was on Monday sworn-in by Cross River Governor, Prof Ben Ayade at the Executive Council Chambers, Calabar as the Chief Judge of the state.
Aged 62, Justice Ikpeme became a Judge on 16th November 1998 and has served in acting capacity as Chief Judge from 3, December 2019 to 2 March 2020 before her swearing-in on Monday as the second female Chief Judge of the state.
Speaking after her swearing-in, Cross River State Chief Judge, Justice Akon Ikpeme said it was with deep appreciation that she thanks God who rules in the affairs of men.
Speaking earlier, Cross River State governor, Prof Ben Ayade said the swearing-in of Justice Akon Ikpeme was the end of the internal concerns of the state judiciary.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the swearing ceremony, President, Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Olumide Apata Esq said that they were extremely delighted that Justice Ikpeme has finally been sworn in as the Chief Judge of Cross River.