Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has decried the involvement of some judicial officers in partisan politics, saying those in the temple of justice have no business in politics.
The governor said such partisanship was manifest in comments, special affiliations, body language and palpable commitments.
Wike spoke while handing over 41 Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) to judges in the state’s judiciary and seven judges of the state’s origin serving in the Federal Judicial Service.
He said: “Adjudication and politics are incompatible extremes hence; no judge can be both and legitimately claim to be an independent and impartial adjudicator.
“Heads of the country’s judicial system should positively address the identifiable weaknesses and processes that have continued to create room for judicial corruption.
“The transformation agenda in the state judiciary under my administration is based on the fact that we believe that judges and magistrates who toil on a daily basis to dispense justice and advance societal peace need to be taken care of.
“Therefore, the rule of law, independence of the judiciary and effective delivery of justice are on the top priority of my administration.
“Even though my administration inherited a judiciary that was completely neglected and judicial officers were treated with disdain, we made a commitment to change the unfortunate narrative”, he said.
The governor noted that only a dishonest character would deny the pragmatic and purposeful attention his administration brought to all facets of the state judicial system in the last five years.
He announced the completion of 20 purpose-built luxury and fully-furnished Judges Quarters built in fulfilment of his administration’s policy of providing decent life-long accommodation for all Judges in the State.
Governor Wike in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, also said that government would relocate judges, who currently living at highly commercialised environments to befitting secured and serene locations.