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Rivers' Attorney-General Resigns

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The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Rivers State, Professor Zacchaeus Adangor, has resigned from the state executive council following the ongoing crisis in Rivers State. Reports suggest that Zacchaeus' resignation was due to the reshuffle carried out by the state Governor, Sim Fubara. Earlier in the week, Fubara reshuffled his cabinet and reassigned Zacchaeus as the commissioner for Special Duties (Governor’s Office), but the former commissioner for Justice turned down the new role.

Zacchaeus accused Governor Fubara of interfering with his duties as Attorney General in his resignation letter.

He wrote: “I want to state for the records that I am no longer willing to continue to serve in the administration of His Excellency, Sir. Siminalayi Fubara in any capacity whatsoever.

“It is important to mention that the Governor of Rivers State in the past couple of weeks willfully interfered with the performance of my duties as the Honourable Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice by directing me not to defend, oppose, or appear in suits instituted against the Attorney-General and the state government by individuals admittedly hired and sponsored by the government of rivers state.

“Having served the government and good people of Rivers State dutifully, as a member of the Rivers State executive council for five years, it has become imperative for me to quit the administration to preserve my reputation. I wish the administration of His Excellency well.”

Zacchaeus had, on 14 December 2023, resigned his position as the Attorney-General of the state following the face-off between Governor Sim Fubara and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike, returned to the government after being reconfirmed by the state House of Assembly.