Justice (Mrs) Patricia Iroawuchi Ajoku, The Owerri Amazon.
Justice (Mrs) Patricia Iroawuchi Ajoku, is an Owerri Amazon who shares the Independence year with Nigeria. She was born on March 7, 1960 and currently presiding at a temple of justice with a Federal High Court.
She hails from Owerri North axis of Imo State in Eastern Nigeria. Owerri is the state’s largest city, followed by Orlu and Okigwe as second and third respectively. Owerri consists of three local government areas including Owerri Municipal, Owerri North, and Owerri West. It has an estimated population of about 1,401,873 as of 2016 and is approximately 100 square kilometres (40 sq mi) in area.
Owerri is bordered by the Otamiri River to the east and the Nworie River to the south. The Owerri Slogan is Heartland. It is currently referred to as the entertainment capital of Nigeria because of its high density of spacious hotels, high street casinos, production studios and high quality centres of relaxation. It is the home to annual beauty pageants, “Miss Heartland” and “Miss Adanma”.
Owerri was the last of three capitals of the short-lived Republic of Biafra in 1969. The capital of the secessionist state was continuously being moved as Nigerian troops captured the older capitals. Enugu and Umuahia were the other capitals before Owerri. Present-day Owerri does contain some statuary memorialising the war, particularly in locations which suffered heavy bombing, but most war artifacts and history are located in the museum at Umuahia, the Abia State capital.
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS ATTENDED
Justice Ajoku, a mother of two started her western education from Holy Rosary Primary School, Okigwe, 1964 – 1969; Girls Secondary School, Ihioma –Orlu, 1970 -1974; Queens High School, Enugu, 1974 – 1976; Holborn Law Tutors- London -1979 – 1980; University of London, 1980 – 1983; Nigerian Law School, Lagos – 1983 -1984; University of Lagos, 2000 -2002; and University of Lagos – 2006.
In the kitty of her academic and professional qualifications are: First School Leaving Certificate, 1969, West African School Certificate, 1974, Advanced Level Certificate, 1976 and 1980 LL.B (Hons) Degree in Law, 1983, B.L. (Hons), 1984, Masters degree in Law, 2002, and PhD Laws (Doctorate in Law – on going).
Before becoming a judge, she has worked in the Audit Department of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC); Nigeria Airways, Ikeja, Lagos (1985); Kusamotu,Olojo & Co. Legal Practitioners 37 Marina, Lagos (April – Nov.1986); State Counsel – Federal Ministry of Justice (1986); Department of Civil Litigation, April 1986 – Nov 1986; Legal Department of the Federal Ministry of Works & Housing, 1986 to 1994; Legal Department of the Nigerian custom Services, 1994 to 2000; Department of Public Prosecutions, 2000; US Department of Justice on trial Advocacy Training, Sept. 2005; and Judge, Federal High Court, January 3, 2008.
Justice Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, Oyo State, struck out a case challenging the eligibility of the candidate of APC, Prince Musiliudeen Olaide Akinremi, to contest the February 23, 2019 National Assembly election. Her hobbies include reading and sports.