One day to when he hands over, Worgu Boms, the Rivers attorney general and Commissioner for Justice was on Thursday suspended by the Nigerian Bar Association, Port Harcourt branch.
At a meeting presided over by the chairman of the branch, Mr. Dennis Okwamkpan, the lawyer’s union declared him as a persona non grate because they considered his actions and declarations as the state attorney general detrimental to the welfare and survival of lawyer in the state.
Rivers State courts have been shut for a year now since June 9, 2014, following the battle between the state government and the National Judicial Commission. Already the president of the Rivers customary court of Appeal, Justice Agumagu has been suspended by the NJC. And now Worgu Boms has received the NBA stick.
Ninety-two members of NBA had voted in favour of sanctioning the Justice commissioner while 18 voted against the decision. Twenty persons were, however, absent at the meeting.
Okwamkpan explained that parts of the resolutions at the meeting were, “That the Rivers State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Worgu Boms, is hereby declared a persona non grata.
“That Rivers State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice,. Worgu Boms, is hereby suspended from all the activities of the NBA, Port Harcourt branch, for the time being.
“He was suspended for his gross insensitivity to the plight of lawyers in the state following the closure of courts since June 9, 2014. He was also suspended from the NBA for his actions and declarations, which are detrimental and impacted negatively on the welfare of lawyers in Rivers State.
“He was suspended for his questionable role in the closure and continued closure of the courts in the state. We see that his role in the continued closure of the court is questionable.
“We feel that as an attorney general, he has not lived up to the expectations of that office and he did not do what was expected of him as a stakeholder in the justice sector, that is why the courts have remained shut.”