APC Will Challenge Wike’s Commission Of Inquiry- Senator Abe

APC Will Challenge Wike's Commission Of Inquiry- Senator AbeSenate Representative of the Rivers South East District, Magnus Ngei Abe, has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will challenge the Commission of Inquiry setup by Governor Nyesom Wike.

The panels was set up to investigate the act of violence and other matters that occurred during the December 10 re-run elections in Rivers State.

Speaking at a media parley in Port Harcourt, Abe said, although the setting up of the commission by the governor appeared amusing, there is the need to challenge it in Court as such Commission is intended to produce documented indictment on the leaders of APC.

“I think this is the joke of the year. Like every other joke that has been reduced to pen and paper, we are going to treat it seriously. We will challenge that so-called commission in the Court.

Senator Abe explained that it has become necessary to challenge the commission because it should be unbiased.

According to him, past commissions setup by the governor had demonstrated that the intention was to indict APC members and exonerate PDP members from any culpability.

“He added that the setting up of the commission runs against the legal maxim that one cannot be a judge in his own case.”

Senator Abe expressed discontent that the governor will perpetuate a lot of atrocities and impunity, only to setup a commission of inquiry to exonerate himself and his party and blame the APC.

The Rivers state governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the 2015 general elections, Dr Dakuku Peterside, had also laughed off Governor Nyesom Wike’s constitution of the panel.

He questioned the fact that the governor had asked Rivers people not to obey police investigation and yet, expects the same people to obey his own “kangaroo judicial commission”.

Commission Of Inquiry Probing Jonah Jang Submits Report

jonah_jangThe Commission of Inquiry looking into the activities of a former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang has submitted its report to the current administration.

The report contains several volumes of findings, exhibits and recommendations on the indictment of the erstwhile administration.

In his remarks, Justice Stephen Adah, who headed the Commission, stated that the members during the public hearing had 35 days of public sitting in which everyday was a revelation through referendum, witnesses and exhibits which informed the report compiled by the six member panel.

The eight-year period of the former governor of Plateau State was put under scrutiny, with focus on the government’s activities between May 29, 2007 and May 28, 2015.

With over 100 memoranda submitted to the commission, Justice Adah said everyday was revealing and tasking before arriving at the report.

“We called for public hearing and we put in 35 days of public sitting and everyday was a new revelation of what actually informed our report. And so we thank God for the cooperation of everyone that submitted referendum and attended the public hearing.

“What we have are what the people told us. We had 195 witnesses who came and took oath before us and gave evidence we also admitted composite exhibits totalling 181 as well as our own counsels and solicitors that came to defend notable citizens mentioned during the sitting,” he explained.

Right The Wrong

Receiving the report, Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, assured the members of the panel that the report would not be thrown into the dustbin like any other report, but stressed that the findings and recommendations would be put into use for good governance and accountability.

He said: “Those who think it is a waste of time and resources might be right to some extent, because over the years, reports of this nature have been stock piled on Government shelves and to say the least, consigned into the waste paper basket of history.

“This, I assure you, will not be the same with this report.

“In establishing the Commission, we took account of the outcry and groans of our people. We felt their pulse and for certain, we heard their cry. What they desired was for us to get it right and getting it right, will mean knowing where the past made a mistake, so we avoid it. Getting it right, will mean knowing where the past got it right, so we continue with it; and getting it right, will mean where the past government got it wrong, so we right the wrong for the good of the people.

“Our thrust under the good governance policy is to ensure the commonwealth of the people is rightly accounted”.

With the submission of the Commission of Inquiry on the eight year activities of former government of Jang, the people are looking forward to the white paper and implementation of the report in order to right the wrongs of the past administration.

Kogi Governor To Probe His Predecessors

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Governor Bello says it is important to know how previous governments spent public funds

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has inaugurated a commission of inquiry to investigate the use of public funds from May 29th 2013 to January 27th 2016.

While inaugurating the members of the commission at the Government House in Lokoja, Governor Bello says he will also surrender himself to be probed by his successor after leaving office.

He charged the commission to avoid any means of victimization but should rather check how public funds were used within the stated period.

In his remark, the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the state,  Mohammed Ibrahim explained the relevant sections of the law that empowers the state governor to set up the probe panel.

The seven-man judicial panel of commission is headed by Justice Wada Umar Rano as its chairman.

While inaugurating the commission, Governor Bello said it has become necessary to look into the activities of the past administrations with a view of recovering stolen funds belonging to the state.

He mandated the commission to recommend measures that would prevent stealing of public funds while added that his administration is ready to put Kogi State on the path of development, urging the people to assist the commission in the discharge of its assignment.

Some experts however urge the commission to be honest and fair so as to avoid a witch-hunt.

Zakzaky’s Lawyers Withdraw Appearance Before Commission Of Inquiry

ZakzakyThe team of lawyers representing the Islamic Movement in Nigeria before the Commission of Inquiry have withdrawn their appearance before the Commission.

Addressing reporters on Tuesday, a member of the legal team, Festus Okoye, said that their inability to have access to their client and leader of the movement, Sheik Ibraheem El- Zakzaky in detention, informed their reason to discontinue their appearance before the Commission.

He explained the frustration they had encountered in their effort to have access to El-Zakzaky, who is currently being detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) in Abuja.

Mr Okoye said that all attempts made severally to meet with their client in order to get briefing from him was frustrated by the Police and DSS in spite of the assurances given to them earlier to meet with him.

While condemning the action of the DSS and Federal Government, the lawyer pointed out that the continuous detention of El Zakzaky and his wife without charging them to court, violates their fundamental rights to fair hearing and justice.

According to Mr Okoye, the legal team representing the Movement would not participate in a pre-determined position and agenda against their client and the group and neither will they continue to represent a client, whose whereabouts are shrouded in secrecy.

On her part, one of the daughters of El-Zakzaky condemned the continuous detention of her parents and other members of the Movement.

Mrs Suhaila Ibraheem expressed dismay that the DSS could still arrest and detain her parents after soldiers unjustly shot and killed several members of the Movement at their residence in Zaria.

At another press conference, members of the Islamic Movement said that they had petitioned the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, over the continuous detention of El Zakzaky by the DSS as well as other members currently in various detention facilities across the country.

The members, through their spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, noted that by the continuous detention of their leader and other members, the Nigerian government had waged an open war on the Movement and its leadership with the intent to exterminate them.

With barely a week left for the Commission of Inquiry to conclude its assignment, the Shiites are insisting that until they have access to their leader in order to ascertain his true state of health, they will not appear before the Commission.

This is in view that he is the custodian of the property and activities of the Movement and only him can give the express permission for them to appear.

The Commission of Inquiry was set up by the Kaduna State Government to investigate the violent clash between the group and soldiers in Zaria on December 12, 2015.

Soldiers/Shiites Clash: Army To Testify Before Commission On Wednesday

ShiitesThe judicial commission of inquiry into the December 12, 2015 violent clash between the Army and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, also called the Shiites, has again been adjourned.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 has been fixed for commencement of hearing into the incident.

Chairman of the commission, Justice Mohammed Garba, said that the Army will appear on Wednesday to state its own account of the incident that claimed several lives.

Justice Garba explained that the adjournment was as a result of an oral pleading by counsel to the Shiites movement requesting for a short time to enable them have access to the leader of the movement, Sheik Ibrahim El Zakzaky who is currently under detention in Abuja.

He explained that feelers he got from the counsels indicate that there were concrete plans for them to meet with El-Zakzaky on Monday at the DSS facility in Abuja in order to get a brief from him.

Justice Garba, while noting that no other adjournment would be entertained again by the commission having wasted five out of the six weeks given to it to conclude its report, announced that the Army would appear on Wednesday to give its own account of the incident.

He also said that other groups and individuals that submitted memorandum will also appear before the commission to give their own testimonies.

Counsel to the commission, Yunus Utaz, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and that of the Army, Anthony Adeniyi, did not oppose the adjournment.

The General Officer Commanding, One Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman and some other senior Army officers attended the sitting.

However, counsels to the Islamic Movement were absent as they were said to be in Abuja where they are expected to meet with Sheik El-Zakzaky at the DSS office.

Shiites Lament Inability To Access El-Zakzaky

ShiitesMembers of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, popularly known as Shiites, have raised alarm that they are being frustrated by the DSS and Police to have access to their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

This they said has prevented them from submitting their memorandum to the Commission of Inquiry set up by the Kaduna State government to investigate the bloody clash between them and the Nigerian Army in Zaria on December 12, 2015.

At the resumed sitting of the commission on Monday, counsel to the movement, Festus Okoye, told the commission that all efforts by the Shiites’ legal team or its members to have access to El-Zakzaky were unsuccessful in spite of several meetings they had with the DSS and Police authorities in Abuja.

He attributed the delay by the group to submit its memorandum to the commission to inability of the members to meet with their leader who is believed to be in custody of the Department of State Security (DSS) in the Federal Capital Territory.

On his part, counsel to the Commission, Yusuf Ali (SAN), ‎asked the commission to order the Attorney General of Kaduna State and the Attorney General of the Federation to liaise with him to see how they can have access to El-Zakzaky and get briefings from him.

Ruling on the two submissions, the Chairman of the commission, Justice Muhammadu Garba, granted Mr Ali’s request and directed both Attorney Generals to fast track the meeting to enable the Shiite members have access to their leader.

Justice Garba subsequently adjourned the sitting till March 14.

Since the commencement of sitting on February 22, the Commission of Inquiry had adjourned sitting four times.

Although it has so far received 105 memoranda from individuals and groups, the failure of the commission to commence hearing has been attributed to the inability of the Shiites to make their submissions.