By Toyin Durosinlohun, Ilorin

The Judicial Commission of Enquiry investigating the causes of last month communal clash between Share and Tsaragi communities in Kwara State has received 20 memoranda from members of the public. 

Probe panel receives 20 memoranda over Kwara communal clash

By Toyin Durosinlohun, Ilorin

The Judicial Commission of Enquiry investigating the causes of last month communal clash between Share and Tsaragi communities in Kwara State has received 20 memoranda from members of the public. 

 

Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed set up the commission headed by Justice Sulaiman Akanbi to find out the remote and immediate causes of the December 19th, 2015 violent clashes between the two neighbouring communities of Ifelodun and Edu local government areas of the state. 

Shortly after setting up of the commission, Tsaragi community rejected the panel and urged state the governor to institute a reconciliation commission for the two sister communities. 

This position, it was gathered informed the refusal of Tsaragi community to attend or send counsel to yesterday inaugural sitting in Ilorin, the state capital. 

Speaking at maiden sitting, Justice Akanbi said the commission is a fact-finding one and not a court of law. 

He said the commission was not out to try, prosecute or deliver judgment on any party.

The chairman of the commission of enquiry said that it had six weeks to complete its assignment.

He said the commission expected authors of various memoranda that had been received to defend their papers, adding that all other members of the public with useful information would be allowed.

The chairman of the commission also said that all evidences and exhibits would be treated on their merit, adding that the commission would undertake study/assessment visit to the locus and take oral evidences.

The High Court judge said the commission members were carefully chosen “given their track record in public and private practice, and they have promised to be strikingly rich in integrity, discipline and self-control. We have also promised to discharge our duties impartially and in consonance with the oath subscribed to.

“As law abiding citizens of the state, I urge you all to conduct yourself peacefully and decently in the course of the proceedings.”

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