Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade on Wednesday presented new vehicles to some newly appointed judges in the state, saying they deserve better lives.
The governor handed over the keys of the vehicles to the state chief judge, Justice Akon Ikpeme.
While presenting the cars, Ayade said that the judiciary was an arm of government that gives hope to the common man.
“I am here to make a presentation of cars to our judicial officers, the vehicles that befit their status, because I have seen that the Nigerian judiciary is a dependable arm of government,” he said.
The governor told Justice Ikpeme that the presentation of the vehicles afforded him another opportunity to once again thank the judiciary for dispensing justice without fear or favour.
“I am particularly happy, and also using this opportunity to express gratitude to the Nigerian judiciary generally for standing on the side of the law.
“Against this background, the people of Cross River want to show appreciation to the judiciary. On behalf of the government and people of Cross River, I hereby present these jeeps to you,” he said.
The chief judge commended the governor for the gesture and pledged the judiciary’s commitment to justice delivery.
The presentation of the vehicles comes days after a Federal High Court in Abuja dismissed a suit filed against Ayade by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking his removal over his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).