Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Delta State, Barr. Peter Mrakpor, has said the Justice of the Peace (JP) honour is not a chieftaincy title but a call to duty and responsibility.
He made this remark during the swearing-in ceremony of 248 Justices of the Peace (JP) in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
The ceremony had various personalities from across Delta state whom had contributed to the peace, growth and development of their various communities awarded with the honor of JP.
According to Mrakpor, “The JP is part of the peace building process that this administration has set in place all over Delta State to ensure that the SMART Agenda is properly and effectively administered.
He further emphasized that if anyone inducted into the office of the JP is found wanting, such a person will be removed from the office, as he informed all that were present how the process works.
“We will give you some instances as we did last year of things that are happening where some persons become Justice of the Peace, and the consequences where they go outside their oath of office. It is a very serious business, It is not for parade, It is not a title, it is a responsibility.”
He encouraged them to go back to their different local governments and work with the association of their local chapters so that they can be updated and kept abreast with the activities of the body of JP. He thereafter congratulated them.
“So, once again, I want to congratulate you. I hope and pray that you keep up to your responsibility.”
The Chief Judge of Delta State, Hon. Justice Marshal Umukoro, was the presiding officer who led the various candidates as they took the oath of office after which he welcomed them with a handshake into the office of the JP.
Some of the various Ijaw leaders honored with JP includes; Chief Godspower Gbenekama, the Fiyewei of Gbaramatu kingdom; Comrade Jude Ukori, Executive chairman, Egbema-Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation (EGCDF); Chief P. T. Heavens, Chief Sunny Gbegha, Chief Evans Etimigba, Pastor S.O. Andafa, amongst a host of others.
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