Abuja - The Bayelsa State Government has
inaugurated a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the violence that
characterised recent governorship elections.
Justice Margret Akpomiemie heads the six- member commission.
Governor Seriake Dickson said the commission had to
determine among others, the number and identities of people that were injured
or killed during the violence that occurred in parts of the state between
December 3 and 6.
Other terms of reference as assigned to the commission
include determining the extent of damage to property during the said period.
It is expected to make its recommendations and submit its
report within 60 days.
Dickson stressed that the setting up of the commission of
inquiry was not political but in line with the powers conferred on him as the
state governor by Section 2 of the commission of Inquiry Law Cap 8 Laws of
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“It is aimed at digging deep into the root cause of the
violence so the perpetrators can be brought to book,” he said.
The governor charged the commission to identify the
perpetrators of the said killings, violence, mayhem and breaches of the peace
and recommend appropriate sanctions.
“They will determine the role played by the security
agencies in the said incident, in all incidents if any. They will make any
other recommendations as the commission may deem fit under the circumstances
and do any such lawful act for the purpose of giving effect to all the terms of
Dickson said whoever was indicted in the course of
investigation irrespective of his or her political affiliation and no matter
how highly placed in the society, would be dealt with in accordance with the
state penal code.
Polls in the state were recently declared inconclusive.
- CAJ News