Justice Anwuri Chikere’s Celebration of Meritorious Service to the Nation and Retirement.
– Gov Wike, Sir Allwell Ihunda, Others Attended.
– Gov Wike eulogised Justice Anwuri Chikere, says Rivers State people are proud of her service and inspiration.
– Calls on the judiciary to look into Rivers dispute with Federal Government on VAT policy in Nigeria.
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Gov Nyesom Ezenwo Wike – CON says the ongoing dispute between Rivers State and the Federal Government over the legitimate authority to impose and collect Value Added Taxes (VAT) has enormous constitutional implications that should be addressed succinctly.
Governor Wike said this at the book presentation titled: Contemporary Essays on Law & Practice in honour of retired Justice Anwuri Ichegbu Chikere of the Federal High Court on Friday.
The Rivers State Governor said the entire country is waiting for the speedy resolution of the VAT dispute that is now at the Supreme Court.
According to him, the judiciary is the protector of the rule of law and the guarantor of the constitutional rights and freedoms of the people, which should play out in the VAT dispute.
He also observed that no democracy can survive, flourish and deliver social and economic progress without a courageous, efficient and effective judiciary.
Says Nigerians will blame the judiciary system if the country democracy collapsed.
He further acknowledged the fulsome years of meritorious judicial service of Justice Chikere, Governor Wike said, as a judge, the celebrant demonstrated absolute independence of mind and the Rivers people are proud of him.
Speaking at that event, Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, represented by Justice Binta Nyanko noted that Justice Chikere served the judiciary meritoriously from the bench for 19 years with her health and integrity intact.
Speaking on behalf of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) former President of Nigeria Bar Association, O. C. J. Okocha acknowledged that Justice Chikere was reputed to be diligent, hardworking and fearless in her dedication to judicial functions with untainted record.
In her response, Justice Chikere said her sojourn at the federal judiciary made her a better person.
She expressed gratitude to Dr. Peter Odili, who was accompanied by his wife, Justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court, for allowing her to be transferred from the State Judicial Civil Service to the Federal Judicial Service and to her husband for the many encouragement he gave that helped her to become a successful judicial officer at the bench.
Dez Mayorz media observed the attendance of notable dignitaries and traditional rulers including the Mayor of Port Harcourt City, Sir Allwell Ihunda JP.
Justice Anwuri Chikere is happily married to the member representing Port Harcourt Federal Constituency 1 in the house of representatives, Hon. Ken Chikere and the marriage is blessed with 3 lovely children,also Grand children in Orogbum community, Rebisi Kingdom, Port Harcourt City Local Government Area.
Born on 28th December, 1956 in Rumuakunde,
Port Harcourt City Local Government Area in Rivers State.
Institutions she attended includes;
Municipal Council School, Asata- Enugu.
Holy Rosary Secondary School, Diobu, Port Harcourt (West Africa School Certification of Education 1975) – 1969 -1974.
College of Education, Port Harcourt, National Certificate of Education (NCE) – 1976- 1979.
University of Nigeria, Nsukka – LL.B (Hons).
Nigerian Law School,B.L – 1985.
NYSC – 1979 – 1980.
B.M.Wifa & Co. S.A.N (J.P) – 1985.
She has served as
Rivers State Ministry of Justice, Port Harcourt – 1986.
Member, Rivers State Board of Internal Revenue, Port Harcourt – 1998 – 1999.
Director of Civil Litigation, Ministry of Justice, Port Harcourt, River State – 1998.
Judge, Federal High Court – 12/09/2002.
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