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Fubara to set up probe panel on Wike’s govt



Rivers State  Governor Siminalayi Fubara took the political crisis in the state a notch higher by declaring his intension to probe the administration of his predecessor and godfather, Nyesom Wike.

Fubara, who served as Accountant-General of the state during Wike’s administration said a judicial panel of inquiry would investigate how the affairs of governance were conducted before he assumed office on May 29, last year.

He spoke during the inauguration Mr. Dagogo Israel Iboroma (SAN) as Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Iboroma replaced Prof. Zaccheaus Adangor, who was reassigned to Special Duties before he resigned.

Iboroma was sworn in after the screening by the three-member House of Assembly presided over by Victor Oko-Jumbo.

The governor said the Attorney-General was brought on board at a critical time to tackle the legal matters confronting his administration with bravery and courage.

He said: “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” (a formal notice of discontinuance) 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 acknowledged that the political crises, which was thought to be a family matter, has unfortunately escalated.

However, he said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Nelson Chukwudi, that his administration has moved on, following the presence of “a well- constituted House of Assembly” to discharge legislative duties, and the appointment of a seasoned lawyer as Attorney-General.

Fubara said: “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.”

Fubara  accused Prof. Adangor of sabotaging the administration he served as chief law officer.

He said: “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.

“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 said God never made mistakes when he elevated any person to whatever level, adding that the claim that he became governor by mistake is unfounded.

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