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Former Rivers state attorney-general used money to acquire senior advocate of nigeria, says Governor Fubara

The Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara has disclosed that a former Attorney-General, Prof. Zaccheaus Adangor who earlier served under his administration used money to obtain Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

Penpushing reports that Fubara made this known while swearing in Dagogo Iboroma as the new Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, adding that it is on record that while the former was in office as the chief law officer of the State, he indulged in sabotaging the same administration he served.

“It is good that you were already a SAN before your appointment. This means that you’re a very thorough lawyer and has earned your appointment. Not like the one we had here, who while in office, they went to pay money to get SAN. When you become a SAN, the only thing you will do is to sabotage government’, he said.

“Instead of you to close your mouth, you go publicly to claim that you are a learned person. But go publicly to tell people that you were the Chief Law Officer. Chief Law Officer? You were here and you went to stand before a magistrate court. At that time, you didn’t remember that you were a Chief Law Officer, going against the ethics of your job. Like I said, you will get your reward, not in the next world, but in this world’, the Governor referring to the former commissioner

Penpushing further reports that it is recalled that Zachaeus Adangor, an ally of former Governor Wike, who is now a Minister, resigned his appointment in April after he was redeployed to the Ministry of Special Duties.

The statement by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Nelson ChukwudI, however, added that the Governor said he was bringing the Attorney-General on board at a critical time that there were lots of legal matters that needed to be tackled, with bravery and courage, stressing that he is going to probe administration of Wike

“So, my brother, Dagogo Iboroma, you are going to be the brand-new Attorney-General of our dear State. SSG, give him his letter, he is the Attorney-General. Why are we bringing you at this very critical time? We have a lot of issues around us. We believe that you are not going to be the one that when they send service to you, you go and file “nolle prosequi” or you go and file one thing that would kill us here’, he stated

“Let me also say this, you have a big task. We will be setting up a judicial panel of inquiry to investigate the affairs of governance. So, brace up, I am not going back on it. Please, defend us. We know that you are going to defend us because your record is clean. You are a gentleman and peaceful. You are not a noise maker. People like you are endowed, and they have the fear of God’, he added

Penpushing also reports that Fubara declared plans to set up a judicial panel of inquiry soon to investigate how the affairs of governance were conducted in the State by his predecessor before he assumed office as Governor.

The Governor stated that God does not make mistakes when He elevates any person to whatever level, and dismissed talks to that effect, claiming that it was a mistake that he became Governor, adding that he thought the political crisis he considered as a problem within a family would have been resolved but regretted that there had been no headway out of it.

Penpushing reports that he emphasised that though it was unfortunate, his administration has moved forward because there is now a well- constituted State House of Assembly to discharge legislative duties, and a seasoned lawyer appointed as the Attorney-General of the State.

‘I am happy that this is happening today to mark the beginning of a new era in our administration. When I said that I had a reason for being patient, it is because I know that we are all from one family. And if we have a disagreement, no matter how bad it is, it should be resolved amicably’, he said.

‘But it has become very clear that this disagreement, there is no way to resolve it amicably. And for a lot of reasons, there are visible evidence that there is sabotage, deliberate attempt to sabotage this administration’, Fubara stated.

“For that reason, we have to move forward. And, moving forward, if it means taking decisions that are going to hurt anybody, we are not going back on the protection of the interest of Rivers people’, the governor added

Penpushing further reports that the state has been thrown into a protracted political crisis since last year following a move by the lawmakers loyal to Wike, initiated a plot to remove Governor Fubara from office.

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