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534 Killed, 40 Injured, Property worth N2.3bn Lost In Nasarawa Communal and Ethnic Conflict – Judicial Panel



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By Rabiu Doma, Nasarawa

The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set-up by the Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura to look into the maiming, killing, burning of operational vehicle and confiscation of weapons of Joint Task Force comprising of SSS, CID, Police and Mobile Police Force by alleged members of Eggon militia group on 7/5/2013 at Alakyo – a cluster in Angwan Rere village of Lafia Local Government – has submitted its report to the chief executive of Nasarawa state.

The chairman of the commission, retired Justice Joseph Fola Gbadeyin, indicated that 534 people lost their lives including members of the Nigeria Police and the Department of the State Security Service.

The chairman said the figure (534) excludes the 143 individuals allegedly killed for which no formal evidence was availed the commission. He added that properties worth N2.3bn were destroyed during the crisis.

The commission added that 22 memorandum were submitted to the commission, 89 evidences, 65 exhibit including CD’s and pictures. He added that 7 memorandum were withdrawn.

The nine (9) man committee thanked the state Government and people of the state for their unflinching support in the cause of carrying out there social responsibility.

It is hoped that the findings and relevant recommendations of the commission will accord the demand of justice and at the same time help to enhance peaceful and harmonious co-existence among the over 30 diverse ethnic groups in the state“.

The state Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura commended the nine members of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry for a wonderful job. He expressed his administration’s readiness to release a whitepaper into Agyaragu and Assakio crisis.

The Governor blamed the outbreak of Agyaragu crisis for the delay in the release of Assakio whitepaper – adding that his administration will abide by the recommendation of the committee and punish those behind the recent massacre in the state.

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