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Commission established to probe Bayelsa poll violence

15 December 2015, 07:54Augustine Osayande

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 Bayelsa State.

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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 reference.”

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


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