As Justice Okocha Bids Rivers Judiciary Farewell


Retirement is synonymous with civil service. In
civil service administration, an  officer is expected to retire from active service after putting  in a mandatory 35 years in service or at attaining 60 years of age. Although, retirement procedures and administration varies from one profession to the other. However, it is a thing of joy for a worker who retires meritoriously after attaining the age of 65. That was the case of the Justice Daisy W. Okocha.
On Friday, 15th January, 2016, former Rivers State number one judiciary officer and Chief Judge, Justice Daisy Wotube Okocha  bade farewell to active service as a High Court Judge. The retirement was heralded with a church service and a valedictory ceremonies put together to make the occasion a joyful one.
Justice Daisy Okocha was the first female Chief Judge of the State, appointed on the 4th January, 2016 and sworn-in  by the State governor, Chief Nyesom Wike after the judgement of the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division affirmed her recommendation by the National Judicial Council.
Prior to her elevation as the substantive Chief Judge of the State, His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, at his inauguration appointed the retired justice Daisy W. Okocha as the acting chief judge, a position she held  from 1st June, 2015, to 4th January 2016.
Retired Justice Daisy Okocha graduated from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, in 1978 and was called to the Nigerian Bar on 29th June 1979, and also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Theology. She joined the services of the State Judiciary in 1981 as a Magistrate Grade one and was elevated to a judge of the state High Court after 10 years of service in 1991.
Before her elevation to a judge, Rtd Justice Daisy Okocha held several positions and a member of professional associations includes Senior Magistrate in-charge of Juvenile Court, Secretary and Chairman Magistrates Association of Nigeria, Rivers State chapter, National Vice President Magistrates Association of Nigeria and Associate Life Member of Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association among others.
At the church service in her honour, Rtd Justice Daisy Wotube Okocha read the only Bible text. Justice Daisy used the church service to express her gratitude to God for the opportunity given her to serve as the first female chief judge of the state and even for retiring at the right time after reaching the apex of her career at the State.
Speaking at the church service, Dean Emeritus, Arch Bishop, Niger Province and Bishop, Diocese of Niger Delta North, Most Rev. Ignatius C. O. Kattey lauded the celebrity for honouring God and recognizing that He led her through her service years and urged people to always give thanks to God.
The ceremony was later shifted to the State Judiciary complex, where the retired Chief Judge inspected the valedictory guard of honour mounted in her honour by the Nigeria Police.
The valedictory court session which was presided over by the retired Chief Judge witnessed a creme of people in the society, especially the members of the legal profession. The Okocha’s family members were not also left out in the roll call at those who graced the occasion.