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Aguma, A Shining Star, Rivers SEC Declares …Late AG Worked For Independent Judiciary …As Body Interred Amidst Prayers,Thanksgiving

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Members of the Rivers State Executive Council have described the late Attorney-General of Rivers State, Hon Emmanuel Aguma (SAN) as a shining star who played a key role in the translation of the New Rivers Development Blueprint into reality.
In a Special Executive Council session chaired by Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, the council members stated that Aguma worked for the state with dedication and passion.
In his address, Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike stated that the late Attorney-General served the state with passion and helped move the state forward.
He noted that the late Attorney-General of Rivers State was passionate about his duties and loved attaining great results for the state.
The governor said: “He had a great life of service and achievements. He ran a good race and served the state in a worthy manner”.
Wike noted that the sudden death of Hon Emmanuel Aguma hit the state so hard, but added that the state government must bear the painful loss.
The Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo said the passion and drive of the late Attorney-General of Rivers State entrenched the development processes attained by the state since 2015.
Rivers State Women Affairs Commissioner, Mrs Ukel Oyaghiri said the death of Emmanuel Aguma was a bitter pill to swallow, and described him as the best Attorney-General any state would wish for.
She said: “Emmanuel Aguma served Rivers State with zeal that never wavered. He was such an asset to the state”.
Commissioner for Sports, Hon Boma Iyaye said that the departed Attorney-General took him like a brother and guided him on the path of service.
Chief of Staff to the Rivers State Governor, Engr Chukwuemeka Woke said that Aguma was a defender of the rule of law who staked his life to promote constitutional governance.
Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Sir Kenneth Kobani said late Aguma showed uncommon brilliance and increased the depth of knowledge at the Rivers State Executive Council.
Head of Service of Rivers State, Mr Rufus Godwins said that the late Attorney-General of Rivers State acted like a cameo and left the stage when the ovation was loudest.
A guard of honour heralded the arrival of the late Attorney-General of Rivers State to the Executive Council Chamber.
He was received by the Rivers State Governor and his deputy.
Members of the Rivers State Executive Council paid their last respect to the late Attorney-General of Rivers State as his remains lay in state at the chambers.
Meanwhile, the Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Adama Inyie Iyaye-Lamikanra has described the late Attorney General of Rivers State, Hon Emmanuel Aguma (SAN) as an outstanding professional who made valuable contributions for the independence of the Rivers State Judiciary.
In a ruling during a Special Valedictory Court Session in honour of the late Attorney General of Rivers State at the Rivers State High Court Complex, last Saturday, Justice Iyaye-Lamikanra said that the late Aguma worked hard for the Bar and Bench.
While noting that he was the first Honourable Attorney General of Rivers State to die in active service, she added that he was a shining example of the irrepressible Rivers spirit.
She said: “He was a shining example of the irrepressible Rivers spirit. He lived a life of service to Rivers State and Nigeria.
“He was an outstanding Honourable Attorney General who contributed to the independence of the Judiciary”.
The Rivers State Chief Judge emphasised that late Attorney General of Rivers State used his office to advance the welfare of judges and lawyers.
“He died when his services were most needed, leaving us with the need to search for another Emmanuel”, the Chief Judge declared.
The Chief Judge ruled that the late Attorney General of Rivers State be released to his family for burial.
In his remarks, President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Paul Usoro (SAN) praised the departed Attorney General of Rivers State for combining professional practice and NBA activities.
Speaking on behalf of the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Dr T. E. Osakpor (SAN) lauded Aguma for his commitment to ethical law practice.
Former NBA President, Chief Onueze Okocha (SAN), who spoke for the Body of Benchers said that Aguma was never found wanting in the discharge of professional responsibilities.
The Body of Attorney- Generals of Nigeria, represented by Sani Daudu said Aguma impacted positively on the legal profession.
Chairman of NBA, Port Harcourt Branch, Mr Sylvester Adama said the infrastructural contributions of Aguma to the Bar and Bench would remain evergreen.
The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi and former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, attended the Valedictory Court session.
Moreso, despite the fact that the late Attorney-General of Rivers State, Emmanuel Chinwenwo Aguma’s sun set at noon, prominent Nigerians across political, social and economic divides gathered at the Saint Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Port Harcourt for his solemn funeral service.
The solemn funeral service marked by prayers and transitional hymns was formally kick-started by the heart-touching reading of the late Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice’s biography by his daughter, Miss Onyi Aguma, who stated that alongside her mother, Mrs Inime Aguma , they sang a hymn that ushered Aguma into the presence of God.
Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi , Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo and Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Gabriel Emmanuel honoured the Attorney-General of Rivers State with their presence.
Also present were former Rivers State Governors, Peter Odili, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and Celestine Ngozichim Omehia.
Former Senate President, Iyorchia Ayu, former Imo State Governor, Achike Udenwa, Senator Magnus Abe, National and State Assembly members were at the church to comfort members of the bereaved Aguma family.
In a sermon, Archbishop of Anglican Province of Niger Delta, Most Rev. Tunde Adeleye urged all Nigerians to work towards living according to the desires of God in order to inherit eternal life.
Adeleye prayed God to comfort the leaders of Rivers State, the family of Aguma and forestall such a painful untimely death.
In a funeral oration, Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike noted that the late Attorney-General of Rivers State was instrumental to the massive infrastructural development in the state Judiciary and the Bar.
He announced that the Rivers State Government would re-name the Judges’ Quarters after the late Attorney-General of Rivers State when the facility was completed.
Wike thanked the Aguma family for giving the late Emmanuel Aguma (SAN) to the state for unparalleled service.
He stated that the state government would not forget the Aguma family.
The governor informed that to cement the relationship, the wife of late Attorney-General of Rivers State would be drafted into the Rivers State Executive Council.
He said: “The late Attorney-General of Rivers State was strong willed and he was loyal to the core. He was a man with character.
“His death is very painful. His service to the state will never be in vain. Having made sacrifices, the State will continue to honour him”.
Earlier on Saturday, the corpse of the late Attorney-General of Rivers State was taken to the hall of Orogbum Community, Rebisi in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area where chiefs and leaders paid tribute to him and repeatedly fired traditional canons.
President General of Orogbum Community Council, Pastor Theophilus Akugbo said Aguma was a peace maker who brokered peace within Ogbum-Nu-Abali community over disputed land issue that threatened the peace of the area.
The remains were also taken to his family residence where family chiefs and elders paid their respects at the Obiri Oro-Ede.
The remains of the late Attorney-General of Rivers State, Emmanuel Chinwenwo Aguma (SAN) were laid to rest at his family home at Orogbum after graveside prayers and benediction.

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Rivers’ll Be Known For Peace, Not Crisis -Fubara

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Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has said that peace has prevailed because he draws strength from God to resist insults and tantrums thrown at him while frustrating attempts by some disgruntled persons who wanted to plunge the State into unending crisis.
The Governor also said that because he has anchored his Government on promoting peace, the enabling atmosphere has been provided for investments and sustainable development to flourish.
Governor Fubara made the assertion when he received a delegation of members of the Bishops and Gospel Ministers’ Association International Incorporated, Rivers State Chapter, at Government House in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
Represented by the Head of Rivers State Civil Service, Dr George Nwaeke, Governor Fubara said while most people took his meekness for weakness, his stance on peace has unarguably enhanced harmonious atmosphere of concord as residents sleep with their two eyes closed, and investors and shareholders are happy with the returns on investment.
He said, “Before, what they hear of Rivers State is that they are fighting, and some genuine investors will not come. Some people even ask you: How are you coping in Rivers State?
“But now”, he asserted: “The Governor has brought about a lot of changes in the State. One of the most important things is that he has changed the negative narrative. It is no longer Rivers of blood. It is now Rivers of peace.
“We are enjoying our lives here. Why? Because there is a change in the narrative. We have peace. The Governor is, as much as possible, absorbing any level of insult at him only for one purpose: that Rivers State may have peace; that we may grow; that this state will experience genuine development.”
Governor Fubara urged them, as members of the Christian family in the State, to continue to pray for the State and the Government so that the enemies of the State will be put to greater shame.
“This peace is what I want you to embrace. Go and continue to pray, because when the sower of the seed went and sowed, the enemy went in the night and sowed tares inside there. But the Governor is sowing peace.
“When I listened to the leader of the team, His Grace Eddy Ogbonda, he said you came all the way from Eleme Junction, and stopped at major junctions, and you uttered prayers for the peace of Rivers State.”
He also said: “I, hereby want to thank you for identifying with the Governor at a time like this. At a time when it looks as if someone wants the Governor’s peace posture misunderstood as weakness.
“When someone has the strength to fight back, but refuses to fight back. That is a bigger strength; that power of restrain does not just come, it can only come from God.
“You cannot give peace, if you do not have peace within you. The Governor is not interested in any form of trouble or violence. What he is interested in is known, and it is: let there be peace in Rivers State,” he said.
In his address, leader of the group, Archbishop Eddy Ogbonda, said they had observed a week-long intensive prayers that culminated into a peace rally, which brought them to Government House, and assured the Governor that God will continue to give him victory over his adversaries while preserving Rivers State.
“It is Rivers State Prophetic Prayer Convocation and Rally 2024 with the theme: ‘Peace be still’. Of a truth, everyone of us understands that we live in a time when we need peace much more than any other thing.
“Rivers State needs peace. Everyone as individuals need peace. The country needs peace, and the world at large needs peace. So, we are here to do a peace march. We pray that God will command His peace to reign in Rivers State,” he said.

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Hoteliers, School Owners Charging In Dollars Risk Arrest -EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has stated that hotels, schools, and other establishments that accept payments in dollars from their customers are at risk of facing arrest.
The Chairman of EFCC, Ola Olukoyede, said this in the agency’s publication called EFCC Alert on Monday, adding that action would be taken against individuals involved in the dollarisation of the economy.
According to him, the exception is if foreigners come in to transact business and the only means of transacting is their credit card and dollar but to charge local customers in dollars or other foreign currencies would no longer be allowed.
He said charging local activities and customers in dollars is against Nigeria’s constitution.
The EFCC chairman said, “Schools that charge Nigerians in dollar, supermarkets that trade in dollar, estate developers that sell their property in dollar, hotels that are invoicing in dollar, we are coming after you and we have made arrests in that area.
“Yes, if foreigners are coming in and the only means of transacting is their credit card, and dollar, why not? You will get that.
“But document it properly as against selling things within the system, local economy and you will be using dollar as the medium of exchange, it is illegal.
“Our law does not allow for that. And we have also affected some arrests.”

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Eid-El-Fitr: Fubara Felicitates Muslims, Calls For Unity, Tolerance

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Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has enjoined Muslim faithful to remain steadfast to the lessons learnt during the holy month of Ramadan.
Governor Fubara stated this in his message of felicitations to Muslims as they celebrate the 2024 Eid-el-Fitr Sallah, which marks the end of the one-month Ramadan fasting.
The Governor emphasised the importance for Muslims to also uphold the tenets of Islam by exhibiting the fear of God and showing piety in their daily work.
Governor Fubara said, “We must all continue in the good attributes imbibed during the holy month of Ramadan as directed by God through His Prophet, so as to ensure peace, unity and harmony in the society for a better future.”
While praying that the essence of the festival offers them happiness, peace and prosperity in all aspects of life, Governor Fubara said he recognises and appreciates the critical role that the Muslim community continues to play in the development of Rivers State, and indeed, Nigeria at large.
Governor Fubara charged them to remain unwavering and steadfast in their commitment and positive contributions to advance the development of the State and the country.
“I enjoin you all in the State to remain calm, be patient and continue to do what is right,” the Governor added.
He wished the Muslim faithful in the State and across the country a happy Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

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