Justice Agumagu was sworn-in following the retirement of the former Chief Judge of the State, Hon. Justice Iche Ndu, from service.
He was sworn in at a brief ceremony at the Council Chambers, Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
Before his appointment as Acting Chief Judge of the State, Hon. Justice Agumagu was the President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Rivers State.
Governor Amaechi congratulated the new Acting Chief Judge on his appointment and urged him to discharge his responsibilities effectively.
Amaechi said the new Acting Chief Judge shall hold his office pending when the National Assembly would approve the candidate recommended for appointment as the State Chief Judge by the National Judicial Commission (NJC).
According to the Governor: “Let me congratulate you on your appointment. I sat through the week with the Attorney General to review the appointment and we looked at the constitution and the constitution says the most senior Judge of the High Court and we looked at your appointment as a Judge of the High Court and compared it to the rest of the judges in the state and realized that you are the most senior judge of the high court of Rivers State. We therefore took that decision to proceed with the appointment.
“I wish to congratulate you and say to you that you have an enormous assignment in this three months. We are proceeding with that while waiting for the resumption of the National Assembly and hoping that if they do approve the recommendation of the National Judicial Commission (NJC) we will then proceed with that and we hope that within the three months you are acting, you will discharge your responsibility”.