The South-South Forum of Attorneys-General and Commissioners of Justice has declared the death of the Late Attorney-General of Rivers State, Honourable Emmanuel Aguma (SAN) is an unquantifiable loss to the Niger Delta.
Speaking during a condolence visit to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike at the Government House Port Harcourt on Monday, Secretary of the Forum and Attorney-General of Akwa Ibom State Mr. Uwemedimo Nwoko said that the news of the demise of Late Aguma broke like an enemy bomb on their WhatsApp group.
He said: “His death was incomprehensible and inexplicable. He was fearless and believed in responsibilities. Aguma earned the respect of all of us.
“He was a strong believer in the fight for Justice in the Niger Delta. The demise of Aguma is an unquantifiable loss”.
The Secretary of the Forum stated that with the passage of Aguma, the region has lost a vocal and credible voice.
Also speaking, the Bayelsa State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr Kemeasuode Wodu said as chairman of the Forum, Aguma provided quality leadership that enhanced justice sector performance in the South-South.
He said: “We received the news of his death with sadness. He led us very well. Personally, I had the privilege of learning from Aguma.
“He was very expressive, correcting younger lawyers when they go wrong. He was quite bold and courageous. He has left behind a very good record of service and achievements”.
Responding, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike noted that the forum has been central to the struggle for justice for the region.
He said: “Aguma’s death is a loss to the people of the region. We lost a very committed, loyal and intelligent lawyer. It was at the mortuary that I saw that really he was gone.
“With what we are passing through now, we require people like Aguma. But God knows the best”.
Governor Wike said that the people and Government of Rivers State will honour the Late Attorney-General, hence he will receive a State Burial. He noted that his contributions are greater than his age”.