By PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Mild drama ensued on Tuesday at the Akwa Ibom Judiciary Headquarters in Uyo as a retired High Court Judge, Justice Ifiok Ukana rejected a valedictory gift presented by the State Chief Judge to bid him farewell after many years of meritorious services to the state.
Justice Ukana who rejected a plaque of Honour given to him by the Chief Judge, Justice Godwin Abraham during a court valedictory session, expressed bitterness of how he was neglected and victimized for two years.
The retired Judge said that he suffered neglect and victimisation because of a case he presided against a politician causing government to deny him several amenities that enhanced his duty.
Although Justice Ukana did not mention the name of any politician and the political party involved in the case in question, but he said his Court lacked electricity, a situation that he had to work for six months without light in his office.
“I suffered for two years without necessary incentives to my office as a Judge. My court never had light for six months. I was victimized. Nothing to celebrate here. ”
He shunned a plaque presented to him in the presence of the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Uwemedimo Nwoko other Judges who attended the Court Valedictory session in his honour to mark his retirement from the state
But the State Chief Judge, Justice Godwin Abraham did not made any remark concerning the allegations, saying state government has put everything in place to encourage Judiciary Officers in the state.
He however said the state government was committed to good working environment of law officers in the state.