Rivers StateAttorney General ResignsAmid Controversy

Rivers State Attorney General Zaccheus Adangor resigned, citing interference by Governor Siminalayi Fubara. The government disputed Adangor's claims, saying his resignation was due to refusal to be reassigned, not interference.

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Rivers StateAttorney General ResignsAmid Controversy

Rivers StateAttorney General ResignsAmid Controversy

Professor Zaccheus Adangor, SAN, resigned as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Rivers State on April 24, 2024, after being redeployed to the Ministry of Special Duties by Governor Siminalayi Fubara. Adangor claimed he resigned due tointerference in his dutiesby the governor, who allegedly asked him to file lawsuits challenging the validity of the Presidential Peace Pact aimed at addressing the crisis between Governor Fubara and Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Nyesom Wike.

Why this matters: The controversy surrounding Adangor's resignation highlights the ongoing power struggle between Governor Fubara and Minister Wike, which has significant implications for the stability of the region. The incident also raises concerns about the independence of the judiciary and the potential for political interference in legal matters.

However, the Rivers State Government has disputed Adangor's claims. Commissioner for Information and Communication Joe Johnson stated that Adangor's resignation letter, dated April 24, 2024, cited his refusal to be reassigned as the reason for his resignation, not interference by the governor. Johnson accused Adangor of resorting to"cheap blackmail and barefaced falsehood"instead of addressing concerns raised by the governor.

In a statement, Johnson said, "That claim by Zacchaeus Adangor, SAN, to say the least, is a fallacy of the highest order." He added, "It is therefore so surprising that instead of clearing himself of the open declaration by His Excellency, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, that he (Adangor) is a saboteur, the learned Senior Advocate of Nigeria has whimsically resorted to cheap blackmail and barefaced falsehood."

The government has challenged Adangor to come clean and tell the truth about his resignation. They have also questioned his use of official Ministry of Justice letterhead to write his resignation letter instead of personal letterhead. "It is a clear fact that is already in the public domain that Mr. Adangor SAN personally stated in his letter of resignation... upon his redeployment as Commissioner for Special Duties Governor's Office wherein he said that he was not going to be reassigned and alleged that the Governor was interfering with his work," Johnson stated.

The controversy surrounding Adangor's resignation comes amidst ongoing tensions between Governor Fubara and Minister Wike. ThePresidential Peace Pact, which Adangor allegedly refused to challenge, was an effort to resolve the crisis between the two political figures. As the situation continues to unfold, the Rivers State Government maintains that Adangor's claims are false and has called on him to be truthful about the circumstances of his resignation.