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Alakio Massacre: Commission Concludes Enquiry
By Godwin Ojoshimite
The Judicial Commission of enquiry probing the massacre of security operatives in Alakio and other related issues concluded its public hearing Monday with a firm assurance that the panel’s recommendations will guarantee fairness to all.
The commission, which opened the floor for the submission memoranda on July 22, rounded off its public sitting after receiving addresses from counsels.
Delivering his closing remark, the chairman of the commission Joseph Fola Gbadeyan, a retired Justice said it received a total of 22 memoranda, seven of them belonging to Eggon communities which were read by the commission’s secretary after the people of the area withdrew their participation.
He added that in the course of the proceedings, the commission took evidence from 89 witnesses including first class rulers.
Justice Gbadeyan explained that for the purpose of fair hearing, the state governor, Tanko Al-Makura, waved his immunity and offered evidence on some critical issues raised at the commission by individuals and groups.
He reiterated the commission’s commitment to the cause of fairness, justice and equity as stated in its inaugural remark.
“The commission will carefully study all memoranda, evaluate only the admissible evidence adduced before us in addition to all the exhibits tendered and admitted with a view to coming up with proven findings of facts before arriving at appropriate recommendations”, he said.
The chairman added that” the relevant recommendations, it is hoped, will accord with demands of justice and at the same time help to enhance peaceful and harmonious co-existence amongst the over 30 diverse predominantly agrarian ethnic groups in Nasarawa State and by implication Nigeria as a whole”.
The chairman conveyed the appreciation of the commission to journalists for giving the commission a fair coverage in the course of its proceedings.