Agas Pledges Irrevocable Commitment To Duty

BY VINCENT ANIKWUSHE
The new Secretary to the Delta State Government (SSG), Hon. Festus Ovie Agas, has assured the people and government of Delta State of his irrevocable commitment to carrying out his duties creditably aimed at taking the state to greater heights.
Hon. Agas stated this shortly after his swearing-in ceremony by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba yesterday.
He said that he was not unmindful of the importance of the office of the SSG as the engine room of government, adding that he would not disappoint the governor who appointed him as the SSG and the entire Deltans in the discharge of his duties.
He thanked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for finding him worthy of the appointment and Deltans who turned out in their large number to witness the swearing-in ceremony.
The SSG solicited the cooperation and support of all Deltans to enable him succeed, saying that all hands should be on deck to achieve Delta State of our dream.
“We have come a long way. We are all partners in progress in the Delta State project. We should, therefore, join hands with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to move the state forward”.
The climax of the swearing-in ceremony was a grand reception for the SSG at the Squash Club, Government House, Asaba.

to play in extradition proceedings against him, until a warrant of arrest has been issued by the court.
The agency had on May 23 placed Mr. Kashamu on house arrest, with the aim of extraditing him to United States over alleged drug offences.
A court declared the house arrest illegal.
The development took another dimension on Tuesday when Mr. Kashamu denied that he had been served extradition notice by the NDLEA.
The NDLEA had said it served him the proceedings.
In a reaction through his counsel, Ajibola Oluyede, the lawmaker-elect denied receiving the notice, and said the agency has no right to issue such.
“We wish to state that the NDLEA has no role to play in extradition proceedings until a warrant of arrest has been issued by the court,” the statement said.
“It is the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice that initiates extradition proceedings after receiving a request by an order directed to the court and asking the court to take over the matter. It is the court that will decide whether a warrant of arrest is necessary.
“It is the court that will consider all the evidence provided by the United States to see whether it satisfies the onus of proof and that it establishes that the person sought is the person that actually participated in the offence alleged. In this case, the NDLEA is very jumpy, nervous and unsettled because it has exposed its unprofessionalism when before any extradition proceedings had been commenced at all,” he said.
Mr. Kashamu also accused the immediate past Attorney General of Federation, Mohammed Adoke, and Chairman of NDLEA of working for his political opponents who will do anything to deprive him of his Senatorial mandate.
“There are many things wrong with the documents filed by the immediate past AGF. But all these will be dealt with in the court in due course. The triumphant announcement by the NDLEA that they have served Prince Kashamu with extradition proceedings is not only laughable but false. He has not been served. Rather, a copy of the process was dropped in our office in Lagos yesterday. So, we shall deal with it in accordance with the law.”
“In the meantime, the NDLEA should be warned to stay away because they have no role to play in the current proceedings. And if we should discover that they have usurped the functions of the AGF, we shall certainly make an issue of it,” Mr. Kashamu warned.