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Jos crisis: Ajibola Panel to wind up sitting

Jos — The Justice Bola Ajibola Commission of Inquiry constituted in January 2009 by Governor Jonah Jang to investigate the November 2008 crisis in Jos-North is to wind up this week.

Ajibola disclosed this yesterday in Jos, when the Commission visited the Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Buba, to seek his advice on finding lasting peace to Jos and Plateau.

He said: “By the end of this week, we hope to close the chapter of public sitting and face the rest of the assignment to produce the report and recommendation to be forwarded to the State Governor.

“The whole story of the assignment given to us is one in which there is the need for peace in Jos and the whole of Plateau,” he said.

Ajibola said the Commission had the privilege to listen to former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon and first civilian Governor of old Plateau, Chief Solomon Lar on the way forward.  According to him, it will also listen to former Governor Joshua Dariye tomorrow to seek his advice on how to bring a lasting peace to Jos and the state.

The Commission’s Chairman said Jos and Plateau had hitherto been peaceful but lamented the recurrent ethno-religious crises that had bedevilled the town and the state in recent years.

“Jos is a beautiful and wonderful environment and should be so kept and whatever will not allow peace to reign must be multilaterally addressed,” he said.

Ajibola said the Commission initially received 161 memoranda but that it increased to 217 after it gave an extension of time, adding that the Commission had listened to many witnesses and taken evidence but that it thought it wise to seek the views and opinions of important personalities in the state.


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