Governor Wike appoints Emir of Lafia Chancellor of Rivers University

Governor Wike appoints Emir of Lafia Chancellor of Rivers University

- The Emir of Lafia, HRH Sidi M. Bage has been appointed Chancellor of the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt

- Bage, a retired Supreme Court justice was appointed by Governor Nyesom Wike

- The Emir had earlier this year, emerged as the 17th Emir of Lafia Emirate in Nasarawa state

Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike has approved the appointment of the Emir of Lafia, HRH Sidi M. Bage as the Chancellor of the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt.

This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday, July 17, on behalf of the governor by his special assistant on electronic media, Simeon Nwakaudu.

The statement noted that Governor Wike made the appointment in exercise of the powers conferred on him by S. 3 and Schedule 1 of the Rivers State University Law, 2017.

It also stated that the appointment takes immediate effect.

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A retired justice of the Supreme Court, the Emir had earlier this year, emerged as the 17th Emir of Lafia Emirate.

Bage was born on June 22, 1956, in Lafia, Nasarawa state, attended the Dunoma Primary School Lafia from 1963 to 1969, attended the Government Secondary School Lafia from 1970 to 1974.

He was admitted into the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, for a Diploma Programme in Law between 1975 to 1977, obtained same at Credit Level and later got his LLB degree in 1980.

He graduated with Second Class Lower Division, proceeded to the Nigerian Law School Lagos in 1980 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1981.

Bage worked as a legal officer, Ground Training Group, Nigerian Air Force Base Kaduna (NYSC) 1981 to 1982, and appointed magistrate grade II Plateau state judiciary in 1982.

He was promoted magistrate grade I in 1984, promoted senior magistrate grade II in 1986, appointed Chief Magistrate II FCT judiciary in 1989, promoted chief magistrate I in 1990 and was promoted as deputy chief registrar FCT judiciary in 1991.

He was again, promoted substantive chief registrar, FCT High Court January, 1992, elevated to the High Court Bench as a judge November 9, 1992, elevated justice Court of Appeal December 10, 2007, and appointed justice of the Supreme Court on December 5, 2016.

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Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has struck out a suit challenging the eligibility of Governor Wike for the 2019 governorship election in Rivers state.

In two unanimous judgments on Monday, July 15, a five-man panel of the Supreme Court upheld two appeals by Wike, with which he challenged the leave granted to Elvis Chinda by the Court of Appeal.

Chinda had sued at the Federal High Court, querying, among others, the authenticity of birth certificate allegedly submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission and prayed the court to disqualify Wike from contesting the last governorship election.

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