Kogi govt sets up judicial commission of enquiry to look into herdsmen crisis

In his determination to restore lasting peace in the troubled areas of Ogane -Nigwu, Ojuwo -Ajimadi and Agbenema -Ife of Kogi state, the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has inaugurated a judicial commission of enquiry.

Recall that suspected Fulani herdsmen had last month attacked remote villages of Ogani-Nigwu where no fewer than fifty villagers were allegedly killed.

The 14-man committee is to determine the immediate and remote causes of the crisis in the affected communities, identify individuals or group of persons who are directly responsible for the mayhem unleashed in the affected communities, assess the damages done to lives and property in the crisis and to proffer recommendations that would restore peace and avoid future re-occurence of the crisis.

Inaugurating the committee in Lokoja on Tuesday, Governor Yahaya Bello said his administration was committed to ensuring peace in the state and would leave no stone unturned in achieving the feat.

The Governor who was represented at the occasion by his Deputy, Elder Simon Achuba said, because of the importance attached to the assignment, the members of the committee were carefully selected based on merit and track records and urged them not to betray the trust bestowed on them.

He further urged members of the committee to be committed to the assignment and come out with workable solutions that would bring about lasting peace in the areas.

The Governor assured that the recommendations of the committee would not be swept under the carpet even as he said there will be adequate security presence in the crisis areas to enable the committee do its work effectively.

Chairman of the committee, Justice Josiah Mejabi thanked Governor Yayaha Bello for finding the members of the committee worthy to serve in that capacity, saying. “We are going to carry out the assignment with ags with commas

Choosthe fear of God”.

He assured that the committee would not disappoint the state, adding that it will come out with acceptable recommendations that would bring about lasting peace in the affected communities.

NAIJAXTREME, MD, USA

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