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Panel to probe Edo State protests

03 June 2015, 10:04Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has inaugurated an administrative panel to investigate the immediate and remote cause of the recent protest at the secretariat of the Etsako West Local Government Area.

He said this follows media and security reports about protests around Auchi, where the intervention of the Nigerian Police and Operation Thunderstorm brought the situation under control.

“There were all sorts of allegations behind the protest though some of those involved in it include the leadership of the Student Union Government in Auchi Polytechnic and some other persons. The issue as to who is responsible, who organized the protest, financed it, instigated it is the matter for your investigation,” Oshiomhole said.

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“Although yours is not a judicial enquiry, yours is an administrative panel which will help us to establish the facts, not necessarily the law about what happened. Was there a protest? Who was involved, who was behind the protest, if anyone was behind it, who financed it, if it was financed and whatever information you think is necessary,” he told the panel.

The governor also directed the panel to look into the alleged involvement of members of the Student Union of Auchi Polytechnic in the protest and make appropriate recommendations.

Members of the panel include Nosagie Osifo (Chairman), Itohan Okungbowa, Osazee Ojo, Francis Uwaifo and Marcus Onobun.

Osifo, on behalf of the members, thanked the governor for the confidence reposed on them and assured they will not fail.

- CAJ News


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