In 1996 some bright minds of the Bench started the judiciary business of Bayelsa state. The laid the judicial foundation from nothing and they diligently built an enviable judiciary in Nigeria. They remain the best Judges, the Nigeria state has ever had.
Emmanuel Joel Igoniwari was from Otuedu community of Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa state. He was a respected Jurist from the Niger Delta. Subsequently, he became the second (2nd) Chief Judge of Bayelsa state, Nigeria and His Royal Majesty Elect of Ogbia Kingdom.