Fubara swears in new AG, announces probe of Wike


The governor of Rivers State, Mr Siminalayi Fubara, has bared his fang with a declaration that his estranged political godfather and predecessor, Mr Nyesom Wike, will be probed.

The governor disclosed this yesterday in Port Harcourt during the swearing in of the new attorney general of the state and commissioner for justice, Mr Dagogo Iboroma.

He said a judicial panel of inquiry will instituted to investigate the affairs of government, and how it was conducted before he assumed office.

He said brought Dagogo aboard at a critical time when there were lots of legal matters that needed to be tackled with bravery.

“So…Dagogo Iboroma, you are going to be the brand new attorney general of our dear state.

“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.

“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 noisemaker. People like you are endowed, and they have the fear of God,” he said.

The governor also said he had thought that the political standoff in the state was a family affair but regretted the intractability of it.

However, the governor said his administration had moved forward because a well-constituted house of assembly had been put in motion to discharge legislative duties, and a seasoned lawyer appointed as the attorney general.

“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.

“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.

“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,” he said.

The governor also took a swipe at the former attorney-general, Prof Zaccheaus Adangor, whom he alleged to have bought the SAN title with money.
He accused Adangor of 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.

“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,” he added.