Gov. Sani Bello inaugurates commission of inquiry over killings in some communities

Gov. Sani Bello felicitates with Gov. Fayemi @ 57. In a congratulatory
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello.

Gov. Sani Bello inaugurates commission of inquiry over killings in some communities

The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello says the senseless killings in some communities in the state are partly attributable to the inability of the government to adequately punish those flagrantly taking laws into their hands.

This was made known by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mary Noel-Berje on Wednesday.

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Inaugurating an eight-man judicial commission of inquiry into the recent killings in Mazakuka, Addogon Malam Kulho and other communities in Mashegu Local Government Area of the state, the Governor noted that the senseless killings have continued unabated because there haven’t been appropriate punitive sanctions on those found culpable.

The Governor said, “We must be able to do the right thing. Those taking laws into their hands must be seen to face justice in order to prevent others from executing similar senseless acts and ensure that it does not occur again in future.”

He tasked the commission to exercise justice and fairness and do a thorough investigation and inquiry stressing that those found guilty must face punitive measures in accordance with the provisions of the law.

Governor Sani Bello, who gave the commission one month to submit its report, thanked members for accepting to serve, stressing that they must fight all temptations, pressures and external influence in order not to render the exercise futile.

He outlined the commission’s terms of reference to include: to determine the remote and immediate cause(s) of the unfortunate incident; identify the persons or groups responsible for the attacks; apportion blames to persons or groups found culpable and suggest appropriate sanctions.

The commission also has the mandate to determine the identity of the victims and their losses; advise the government on preventive measures to avoid similar occurrences in the future as well as make other appropriate findings and recommendations.

The eight-man Commission of Inquiry has Hon. Justice Danladi Ahmad as its Chairman. Other members of the commission include; Hon. Kasimu Danjuma, Retired C.P Wakili Maye, Retired C.P. Mohammed Danjuma, Barr. Moses Ciroma, Col. Abdullahi Kudu (rtd), Malam Yakubu Musa and Malam Zakari Shafi’i (Secretary).

In his acceptance speech, the Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry, Justice Danladi Ahmad expressed gratitude to the state government for the honour and opportunity to serve and assured that the commission will strive hard to ensure that it did not let the state down.

He said members of the commission will inject their individual and collective experience in other to effectively discharge the terms of reference of the assignment and achieve the desired results.


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