Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike is in tears. It has been one long week of deaths in his state, the
climax of which the death of his commissioner for justice, Mr Emmanuel Aguma, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, in a London hospital.
Before Aguma's death, there have been series of boat accidents in the state. Apart from the one that occurred at Bakana penultimate week, two girls of same parentage had drowned after a 24-passenger boat capsized on Sunday.
The boat capsized along the Okrika-Marine Base axis near Port-Harcourt. It was gathered that the boat capsized after the operator lost control when it hit debris on the river.
It was said that 22 of the passengers were rescued by divers while others, mainly adults, were able to swim to safety. However, the two girls could not be found till date.
A boat operator who plies the Okrika and Marine Base axis said that the boat was returning from Okrika to the Marine Base in Port Harcourt when the accident occurred.
A few days after, Wike's bosom friend and political ally, Godswill Akpabio abandoned him on the middle of the road and jumped into the APC. Wike has not made any comment on this issue till date. Apparently, he is yet to recover from the shock.
Another disaster hit the state on Thursday when 13 persons, including a naval officer, lost their lives in an accident around Emohua axis of the East-West Road.
The incident occurred when a Hiace bus loaded with 14 passengers had a head-on collision with a pail loader.
Most of the passengers in the bus, who were travelling to Lagos on Thursday morning, were burnt beyond recognition as the bus went up in flames, presumably due to the impact of the collision.
The pail loader, it was learnt, skidded off the road and swerved onto the path of the oncoming bus.
Wike had not recovered from all this when news broke, that Aguma, one of his trusted allies in the state Exco had passed on in far away London. That was on Friday.
A Government House statement on Saturday said “following the sad passage of the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Hon Emmanuel Aguma (SAN), flags at the Government House Port Harcourt and other government offices flew at half-mast on Saturday.
“On Friday, Governor Wike who received the news of the death of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Hon Emmanuel Aguma (SAN) with shock and sadness, led some leaders of the State and members of the State Executive Council on a condolence visit to Aguma Family House at Ogbunabali, Port Harcourt.
After commiserating with the Aguma family, Governor Wike ordered that flags fly at half-mast for two days. A condolence register has been opened in honour of the late Attorney General of Rivers State at the Government House Port Harcourt.
“Prominent leaders of Rivers State and members of the State Executive Council have been expressing their condolences via the condolence register. Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani said that the sudden death of the Attorney General of Rivers State is a loss to humanity. “
He wrote: "Yet again, the human landscape has been desecrated and further reduced by the sudden and unplanned departure of the Rivers State Attorney-General. You will forever be remembered. You will be remembered for your steadfastness and good works ".
Chairman of Greater Port Harcourt City Local Government Development Authority, Chief Ferdinand Alabrabra said that the death of the Attorney General of Rivers State has created a vacuum that will be difficult to fill.