Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, presented 29 new Renault Koleos 2020 sports trucks to the presidents of the usual courts in the state.
The governor said the vehicles were given to judicial officials to enable them to perform their functions unhindered.
He asked them to act independently, without influence and intimidation.
In a statement by Kelvin Ebiri, his spokesman, Wike said no government can make visible progress if the judiciary is not allowed to act independently.
“If Nigeria wants to move forward if this country wants development, then we need to allow the judiciary to work independently and do its job,” Wike said.
However, the governor lamented the unwillingness of judicial officials to seek independence in the performance of their duties, adding that the judiciary only seeks independence in controlling their budgets.
“Independence does your job without anyone influencing you,” Wike said.
“They’ve always said they want to be independent, but to be honest, you don’t want to be independent. I have never seen the hand of a government so frightened, intimidating by other hands of government like the judiciary. I’ve never seen that in my life.
“The independence of the judiciary you are looking for is only for the budget. But you’re not talking about independence about how you can do your job without any influence or intimidation. Independence is greater when you are able to do your job without being influenced by anyone. “
Zaccheus Adangor, the state’s commissioner for justice, praised the governor for his benevolence and support for the judiciary and advised users to continue to administer justice without fear or affection.
For his part, Gabriel-Nwankwo, president of the state’s regular appellate court, said the gifts would motivate judicial officials to do their job.