Judges’ salaries: Ohakim fires back at Okorocha

By Chidi Nkwopara

OWERRI—FORMER Governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, says he is not surprised that Governor Rochas Okorocha prescribed psychiatric examination for a man who demanded the clearing of 16 months salaries and allowances owed serving high court judges in the state.

Okorocha had, when told during a press briefing in Owerri last Tuesday, that Ohakim was planning massive protest to press home the demand for immediate payment of 16 months salaries and allowances owed serving judges in Imo State, replied that “Ohakim should be taken to a psychiatric hospital for examination.”

Ohakim, who responded through his Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Mr. Collins Ughalaa, said that “Okorocha was running his mouth again like someone that is suffering from verbal diarrhoea.

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“It is sad that Governor Okorocha asked that Dr. Ikedi Ohakim should be taken to a psychiatric hospital for examination, for demanding that serving honourable judges of Imo State, who are being owed 16 months salaries, should be paid without further delay,” Ughalaa stated.

The CPS, who described Okorocha as “a man who has no respect for truth”, equally expressed sadness that the governor went on to claim that the judges were not owed salaries and allowances.

While recalling with grief, that one of the judges, Justice Pius Ifeanyi Okpara, died recently without being paid his entitlements, Ughalaa challenged Okorocha to explain why the Owerri Branch of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, dragged his administration to court, in suit number NICN/OW/58/2017.