The Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of Rivers State, Emmanuel Chinwenwo Aguma SAN, is dead.
Government sources confirmed to WIRED Nigeria that the senior advocate died of an undisclosed ailment in a London hospital.
Aguma worked as Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association, Port Harcourt Branch between 2000-2002, and also chaired the Bar from 2006 to 2008. On 10 July 2015, the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee conferred the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) on him alongside 20 others, to be sworn in on 21 September 2015.
He was appointed Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of Rivers state in 2015 by governor Nyesom Wike. He served the position until his death on Friday, 10th August, 2018.
A statement by the state government via the commissioner for information and communication states:
“RIVERS STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND COMMISSIONER FOR JUSTICE EMMANUEL CHINWENWO AGUMA, SAN HAS PASSED ON.
It is with very deep pain but gratitude to the Almighty God that the Rivers State Government wishes to announce the demise of the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Hon Emmanuel Chinwenwo Aguma, SAN, today Friday 10th August, 2018 in a London hospital.
Until his death, Emmanuel Chiwenwo Aguma, SAN served the State with amazing sense of responsibility, commitment, passion, competence and courage. At all times, even in his sick bed, his exemplary zeal to serve Rivers State never waned.
Consequently, the Governor of Rivers State His Excellency Nyesom Ezenwo Wike CON, GSSRS
has approved that flags fly at half-mast for two days beginning from tomorrow Saturday 11th August, 2018 as a mark of honour to mourn the departed legend.
Needless to say that Rivers State and indeed the Nation will miss his versatility and invaluable contributions to the development of our State and Nigeria.
This loss is monumental but we urge all people of goodwill to remember his wife, children, mother and the entire Late Chief Emmanuel W. Aguma family of Port Harcourt as well as the State in prayers.
May his soul rest in peace!”