The six states with female deputy Governors and those with female chief judges

Rivers state has joined Lagos as the only two states in the Federation with both a female deputy governor and a female chief judge. This followed the approval this week of Justice Daisy Okocha as the substantive chief judge of the state.
Justice Okocha, whose brother OCJ Okocha was former NBA president, was the preferred choice for chief judge by the National Judicial Commission since last year, but former Rivers governor Rotimi Amaechi did not want her. He preferred the then chief judge of the state’s customary court of Appeal, Justice Agumagu. This led to a standoff that saw Rivers courts closed for several months.
Since Gov. Wike was sworn in as governor, Justice Daisy Okocha has been acting as chief judge but it only became confirmed this week following a ruling by the Court of Appeal.
There are six states with female deputy governors in Nigeria at the moment. These are Osun (Titilayo Laoye-Tomori); Ogun (Yetunde Abosede Onanuga); Lagos (Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule); Rivers (Ipalibo Gogo Banigo); Enugu (Cecilia Ezeilo) and Akwa Ibom (Valerie Ebe).
Of the six states, only Lagos had a substantive female chief judge before now, in the person of Justice Oluwafunmilayo Olajumoke Atilade. In fact, it has been the case in Lagos for some time now. Before Justice Atilade’s appointment, her elder sister, Justice Ayotunde Phillips, was the state’s chief judge until 2014 when she retired.
There are a handful of states with female chief judges as well but they do not have females as governor or deputy.
In Niger state, for instance, Justice Fati Lami Abubakar, the wife of former head of state Abdulsalami Abubakar, is the current chief judge. Also, Justice Kate Abiri is the chief judge of Bayelsa. It was Justice Abiri who was sent from Bayelsa to swear in Rivers governor Nyesom Wike on May 29, 2015, as a result of the controversy in the state at the time over who should head the judiciary in Rivers.

Culled from the Scoopng. 
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