First Sierra Leonean ECOWAS Judge Commends President Bio

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June 25, 2018

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Justice Bangura shaking hands with President Bio at State House on Tuesday

The first Sierra Leonean Judge to the sub-regional Court of Justice in Abuja, Nigeria, Justice Kekura Bangura, yesterday commended President Julius Maada Bio for allowing the selection stages of his appointment to be free from political interference and based on merit and performance.

The learned Justice is the country’s first judge to the sub-regional Court of Justice for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Justice Bangura was speaking at State House after he was presented to President Bio by the Chief Justice of Sierra Leone, Mr. Justice Abdulai Hamid Charm. The Chief Justice said he was very pleased to see a Sierra Leonean at the pinnacle of the justice system in the sub-region, adding that: “I have no doubt that Justice Bangura will make the judiciary here and Sierra Leoneans very proud on his new assignment in Nigeria”.

Justice Bangura, who will take the oath of office on 30 July, expressed gratitude to President Bio for allowing people to be appointed to prominent positions based on their meritorious records.

“I am humbled by your humility and fairness at all levels in this process. This shows how much you want every sector in the country to operate without being influenced,” he said.

President Bio congratulated Justice Kekura Bangura for making Sierra Leone proud and helping to raise the profile of the judicial system in the country. He advised him to work hard and live up to the expectations of the nation and assured him of his continued support.

Established in 2001, the ECOWAS Court of Justice is an organ of ECOWAS, a regional integration community of 15-member states in Western Africa. The Court was created pursuant to the provisions of Articles 6 and 15 of the Revised Treaty of the regional bloc.