The Official Bar RSMOJ

THE OFFICIAL BAR - RIVERS STATE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE

A serving Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice is the Chief Law Officer of the State and the leader of the Official Bar. From our record the Branch has produced past and the present Honourable Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice. The Order in which they offered their services to the state are as follows:

SNHONOURABLE ATTORNEY GENERAL & COMMISSIONER FOR JUSTICEYEARS
1Dr. Nabo B. Graham-Douglas1969-1972
2Chief C. D. Orike1972-1973
3Mr. Nwobidike Nwanodi1973-1975
4Mr. Loveday Iyagba1975-1979
5Chief I.A. Idamigbi-Brown1979-1983
6Mr. Charles A. Akparanta1983-1984
7Mr. B. M. Wifa1984-1986
8Mr. Orabule Adiele1986-1987
9Mr. Achor Ogbonna1978-1990
10Mr. Onueze C. J. Okocha1990-1992
11Mr. F. D. Lott1992-1993
12Mr. Adokiye Amiesimaka1993-1996
13Mr. Frank Owhor1996-1999
14Mrs. Aleruchi Cookey-Gam1999-2003
15Hon. Odein Ajumogobia, SANMay 2004 – May 2007
16Hon. Okey WaliJune 2007 – October, 2007
17Hon. Ken ChikereOct. 2007 – 2011
18Hon. Worgu Boms2011 – 2015
19Hon. E. C. Aguma, SAN2015 – Till Date

It is important to note that Dame Aleruchi Cookey-Gam served as the first female Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and later became the first female Secretary to the Rivers State Government. Her records in public service should encourage female members of the Branch particularly her colleagues in the Association of International Federation of Female Lawyers to work hard.

A serving Attorney General may be described as the man with his head and two hands. The head representing the Honourable Attorney General while the two hands representing the Solicitors General and the Director of Public Prosecution. These two are very useful and provide necessary supports to a Serving Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice.

The Past and Present Solicitors Generals are as follows:

SNPAST & PRESENT SOLICITOR GENERALYEARS
1E. A. B. Harry 
2K. S. T. Sagbe 
3I. C. Inko-Tariah 
4A. K. Dabi 
5E. Kingson 
6Mrs. Marcellina U. Wakama1998 – 1999
7Mrs. Mina Benebo2000 – 2011
8R. N. Godwins, JP2011 – 2015
9Florence A. Fiberesima (Mrs)2015 – Till date

The Past and Present Directors of Public Prosecution are as follows:

SNPAST & PRESENT DIRECTORS OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONYEARS
1A. O. Arologun, Esq 
2I. C. Inko-Tariah, Esq1979 – 1987
3Melford Goodhead, Esq1988 – 1990
4Adokiye Amiesimaka, Esq1990 – 1992
5K. O. Appah, Esq1993 – 1996
6Mrs. Esther Joe1997 – 2000
7Mrs. O. I. Okoye2000 – 2002
8R. N. Godwins, JP2002 – 2009
9Mrs. O. I. Okoye2009 – 2011
10I. Otorubio, EsqNov. 2011 to date

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