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Rivers Gov vows to probe Wike’s administration

By News Desk

The ongoing face-off between the Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, and his predecessor and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister, Nyesom Wike, may not end soon after the governor disclosed that the immediate administration will be probed to unravel how the state funds were used between 2015 and 2023.

Fubara hinted that a panel of inquiry to investigate affairs of governance before he assumed office would be setup which was reasons for appointing a legal expert, Dagogo Iboroma, as Rivers’ new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

The governor indicated this on Monday after swearing in Iboroma at Government House, Port Harcourt, barely 24 hours after Wike vowed to ensure Fubara’s impeachment to correct his alleged mistake during the 2023 gubernatorial election in the state.

He said that Iboroma’s was appointed at a critical time when there were lots of legal matters that needed to be tackled, with bravery and courage.

He said, “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.

“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.”

Fubara reiterated that though he thought the political crisis he considered as problem within a family would have been resolved, he regrets that there is no headway.

The Governor emphasised that though it was unfortunate, his administration had 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.

“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.”

Fubara took a swipe at a former Attorney-General, Prof. Zaccheaus Adangor, accusing him of sabotaging the same administration he served.

“It is good that you were already a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (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.”

The governor also said that God does not make mistakes when He elevates any person to whatever level, and dismissed talks to that effect.

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