Ombastse killings: Nasarawa constitutes 8-man Judicial Commission of Inquiry

Tanko Almakura, Nassarawa State Governor

The Commission is to unravel the circumstances surrounding the killing of security operatives in Nasarawa on May 7.

Muhammad Ahmad

The Nasarawa State Government has set up an eight-member Judicial Commission of Inquiry led by Justice Fola Gbadeyan (Retired) to unravel the circumstances that led to the killing of security personnel in Alakyo Village on May 7, and other ethnic clashes across the state in the last couple of months.

The state governor had on several occasions promised to set up the commission to unravel the course of the killing of the security operatives who were on legitimate duty.

Scores of security operatives, comprising police officers and officials of the Department of State Security Services, were on May 7 ambushed and killed by suspected cultists at Alakyo in Lafia Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

Mr. Al-Makura has received a lot of bashing for failing to bring those behind the killings to book so as to serve as deterrent to others who would want to take the same part of impunity.

Political leaders, traditional rulers, and religious leaders from the state had declared support for the setting up of the commission last week at separate parleys with the governor in an effort to get views on how to avert future occurrences.

According to a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Zainab Abdulmumin, the Commission would also look into ethnic skirmishes that preceded the killing of the operatives.

Ms. Abdulmumin said Governor Umaru Al-Makura, in pursuance to the provision of Section 5(1) and 176(1) of the 1999 constitution as amended, decided to approve the constitution of the Commission of Inquiry to ensure continuous peace, harmony and confidence amongst the various ethnic nationalities in the state.

The members of the commission according to Ms. Abdulmumin are: Muntasir Mohammed, Woriboye Dick Iruenabere, Femi Odekunle and Hamisu Ali-Jos. Others are Ibrahim Bakut and Zaynab Gogo-Bayero; while Abubakar Ishaq is to serve as secretary of the commission.

Members of the commission would be inaugurated by the governor at the Government House in Lafia on Wednesday.


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