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Jos crisis: IBB appears before Bola Ajibola commission

By Taye Obateru

Jos – Former President, Ibrahim Babangida,yesterday, honoured the invitation of the Prince Bola Ajibola Commission of Inquiry into the November 28 crisis in Jos through his counsel Mohammed Ndayako.

Ndayako announced appearance for the former president when the names of those invited to appear that day were called but said the memoranda which referred to his client were not available to him.

He, therefore, requested that the memoranda be made available to enable his client respond to them appropriately. He was subsequently given the memoranda by counsel to the commission, Chris Obishai while Tuesday was fixed for him to appear and present his response to them.

Chairman of the commission, Prince Ajibola commended Babangida for honouring the commission’s invitation describing it as a demonstration of his respect for the Rule of Law.

Some of the memoranda had alleged that the creation of Jos North Local Government Area by Babangida allegedly for the Hausa-Fulani was responsible for the recurring crisis in the state capital.

The Daily Trust newspaper and its columnist, Mohammed Haruna were represented by the company’s legal adviser, Kabir Bala who said the company shared the commission’s objectives.

He also requested for memoranda relating to them and would also return to respond to them, Tuesday.

However, some others invited to appear before the commission same Tuesday such as former Deputy Senate President, Alhaji Ibrahim Mantu; Alhaji Inuwa Ali; Alhaji Saleh Hassan and some others did not turn up and were not represented.

Ajibola had in reaction to the failure of some of those invited to appear on Monday said it was borne out of the commission’s desire to give them opportunity to respond to allegations against them in line with the principle of fair hearing.


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