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Delta commission to probe communal clashes

28 October 2014, 09:01Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Delta State Government has inaugurated a three-member Judicial Commission of Inquiry to proffer lasting solutions to the Ibabu/Iselegu communal crisis.

Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, speaking during the inauguration, charged communities in the state to always explore avenues of dialogue in resolving issues rather than engaging in warfare.

“I appeal to communities to explore all available means of dialogue to settle their differences because communal crisis is inimical to orderly development and also create image problem for the state,” he said.

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He noted that communal crises contributed to frustration and disenchantment experienced by members of the society.

“It can scare potential investors and relocation of existing industries in our communities to other states thereby creating avoidable problem.”

The governor listed the terms of reference of the commission as determine the remote and immediate cause or causes of the civil disturbances between the Iselegu and Ibabu communities in Ndokwa East and West Local Government Areas respectively, sometime in June.

The commission has been tasked to determine those persons or institutions responsible for the disturbance in Iselegu and Ibabu communities, identify those who suffered injury to their persons and the nature of injury, those who lost their lives; and the extent of destruction of properties and those whose properties were destroyed during the disturbances.

Uduaghan described the members of the commission as "distinguished Deltans with proven integrity and it is my expectation and that of our people that they will handle this responsibility with due diligence, impartiality, transparency and fairness to all sides."

The commission has Barbara Molokwu as chairperson with Enie Otrofanowei and Dickson Akpoghene as members while Anthony Abuah will serve as Secretary.

The chairman of the commission assured Deltans that they would diligently, treat with dispatch this matter that has reoccurred despite efforts to arrest it.

“Peace is very important to the development of the society,” she said.

- CAJ News


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