Abuja - Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers has constituted a
Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the killings and other violent
acts/matters during the Dec. 10 rerun and supplementary elections in the state.
This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Simeon
Nwakaudu, the Special Assistant on Electronic Media to Wike.
Nwakaudu said the constitution of the commission is
extracted from a Special Government Announcement signed by the Secretary to
Rivers State Government, Mr Kenneth Kobani.
The commission has Justice Chinwendu Nwogu as Chairman.
Members include Mrs Grace Akpughunum-Okwulehie, Prof. O.V.C.
Okene, Mr Anthony Ozurumba and Rev. Canon Hossanna Nnaewi.
Other members are Mr C. B. Ekeh, a Principal State Counsel
as Legal Counsel, and the Chief State Counsel, who would serve as the Secretary
Mr Alphonso Sibi.
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“In exercise of the powers conferred upon him by Section 2
(1) of the Commissions of Inquiry Law of Rivers State (CAP 30) of Rivers State
of Nigeria 1999 and all other powers enabling him in that behalf,
“the Governor of Rivers State; His Excellency, Nyesom Wike,
CON, hereby constitutes and appoints a judicial commission of inquiry to
investigate the killings and other violent acts/matters that occurred during
the December 10, 2016 rerun/supplementary elections to elect members of the
National Assembly and House of Assembly in Rivers State.
“The Judicial Commission of Inquiry with full powers and
authority is expected to hold public hearings,” the spokesman said.
According to him, the committee would be inaugurated on
The commission’s terms of reference include: “To investigate
the remote and immediate causes of the violence during the Dec. 10
rerun/supplementary elections in Rivers State.
“Identify the perpetrators of the various acts of violence
and killings in the aforesaid election and identify the victims of the violence
including those killed.’’
Others are to identify if property was damaged and the value
of any such property, and determine if the violence was localised to specific
areas within the state or was state-wide, among others.
The commission has one month to submit its findings,
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