By Binebai Princewill
The premises of the Federal High Court, Ughelli in Delta State was agog with men and women from all spheres of life as high Chief Collins Kemeyan (JP), the Posibenemowei of oil rich Ogulagha Kingdom, Burutu Local Government Area was sworn in as Justice of the Peace in Delta State. The Liberator Newspapers can report.
Other notable personalities sworn in as Justice of the Peace in Delta State include Chief Emaye Benidiwei (JP), a renowned Niger Delta philanthropist; Chief Amb. Akpowaide Etimigba (JP), Amb. Dibi Yinkore (JP), a Niger Delta former warlord cum chieftain of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide and 44 others across different sections in the state.
The swearing in was conducted by the administrative judge of the Federal High Court, Ughelli, Hon. Justice A. A Onojovu who represented the Chief Judge of Delta State.
Before administering the judicial Oath and Oath of allegiance to the 47 Justice of the peace during the first batch earlier this morning, Hon. Justice A. A Onojovu had charged the proposed Justice of the peace to always be of good conduct, stressing that their new positions comes with higher responsibilities.
He particularly maintained that they must ensure that there is peace beginning from their respective communities and domains, stressing that they must always be role models to others.
I feel so happy for this elevation, I will do my best to always deliver on this new position – Chief Collins Kemeyan
Shortly after taking the judicial oath and oath of allegiance and their confirmation as Justice of the peace, Chief Collins Kemeyan had in an interview with The Liberator Newspapers Worldwide asserted that he feels so honoured to join the league of Justice of the peace in Delta State and beyond.
He continued that he will not joke nor play with the new position, stressing that he will continue to work with relevant stakeholders in his jurisdiction to ensure that there is always peace, adding that peace is priceless.
Chief Collins stressed that he had always been a progressive, an ardent advocate of peace and community development before now, promising that the new elevation will spour him to do more on peace building in Ogulagha Kingdom and beyond.
Speaking further, the youth friendly Chief had particularly thanked those behind his nomination, his friends and well wishers that turned out in their large numbers to grace the swearing in ceremony at Ughelli, praying that the Lord Almighty shall continue to increase them beyond human comprehension.
According to him, his note of appreciation would be incomplete without him thanking his lovely wife whom he described as a blessing to him, noting that she has always been supportive to him and the entire family.
Chief Collins also extended greetings to his lovely daughter for showing up to grace the historic ceremony.
Others that were also appointed from Ogulagha Kingdom include Chief (Mrs) Ebikebina E. Benidiwei, the Doubramien-ere of Ogulagha Kingdom; Chief (Mrs ) Karawei Dora, the Mienkeremo-ere of Ogulagha Kingdom as well as Chief Linus Yeinanagbegha, the Perewenebuonimiwei of Ogulagha Kingdom.
Nevertheless, the duo of Double Chiefs Emaye Benidiwei (JP), the Amatukpa of Ogulagha Kingdom and his lovely wife had hinted The Liberator Newspaper that they are happy for the elevation, stressing that they will not dissapoint all those behind their nomination, the Delta State Government and the judicial officers.
Double Chief Emaye and his lovely wife asserted that they will continue to work for peace as the new position will ginger them to do more for the general wellbeing of the society.
Meanwhile, The Liberator Newspapers can report that youths, women, elders and different categories of personalities filed out in their numbers from Ogulagha Kingdom to celebrate Chief Collins Kemeyan and others on the new position.
A justice of the peace (JP) is a judicial officer of a lower or puisne court, elected or appointed by means of a commission (letters patent) to keep the peace. In past centuries the term commissioner of the peace was often used with the same meaning. Depending on the jurisdiction, such justices dispense summary justice or merely deal with local administrative applications in common law jurisdictions. Justices of the peace are appointed or elected from the citizens of the jurisdiction in which they serve, and are (or were) usually not required to have any formal legal education in order to qualify for the office. Some jurisdictions have varying forms of training for JPs.