The National Sports Association for Judiciary, NASAJ has reaffirmed that the 2017 Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN Judiciary Games hosted in Calabar, Cross River State Capital is the best competition in the past 23 years.
The president of NASAJ, Justice Emeka Ndili made this known when addressing newsmen during the closing ceremony at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar. He said, “Calabar has lived up to expectations as a hospitality State, we can’t ask for more; from the state, government and the people of Cross River – We have enjoyed our stay here.
“I must confess, this is the best competition in the past 23 years of this Association and we are happy to be here”.
Talking about the machineries being rumoured to have been used by the partaking teams, Ndili said the Judiciary cuts across the 36 states of the Federation and it’s not quite easy to spot the stain under the cupboard. He added that, if there’s any, the culprits will be stripped off their medals and possibly suspended.
“Investigations are still ongoing, the association has discovered that the 2nd place team (football category), i.e, the Anambra State Judiciary actually used non-judiciary staffs; we have the power and the authority to retrieve the medals. Even in the Olympics and other international competitions, they have been retrieving medals even after 5 years.
“If after investigations and we found out they are guilty, we’d have to write to the Chief Judge of Anambra State that the medals be retrieved and handed over to the appropriate people.”
Ndili added that, the competition was cut short due to the competitions that have been taking place in Calabar, and also to make way for the Muslims to go celebrate the Salah.
Earlier speaking was the Acting Chief Judge of Cross River State, Justice Michael Edem who said the competition is a hunting ground to get new talent into the Nigerian professional teams.
Edem said the standard was high and the participation was excellent and the spirit of the participants was also high.
On her part, the Cross River State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Hon. (Mrs.) RoseMary Archibong said efforts has been made for the past 17th years for the State to host the game, but all were unsuccessful.
She congratulated the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen and the Acting Chief Judge of Cross River State, Justice Michael Edem for their efforts for the games to be hosted for the first time in the state.
Hon. Archibong also applauded the Governor of the state, Prof. Ben Ayade, whom she said is one of the best sport loving Governor the state has ever had. She added that, for the sake of the Governor, the state was able to witness a more competitive and loving games in the Federation.
“We were glad to have Nigeria in Calabar, we were glad to host the Judiciary sports. We’re so glad to know that it’s not just about law and legal systems and judicial pronouncements, but that the Judiciary have time to relax in the sporting activities of this nature,” Hon. Archibong said.
The competition which started on the 25th of August was meant to last till the 3rd of September, but due to the aforementioned reasons as stated by the NASAJ President, it later ended on the 30th of August, 2017.
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