By Taye Obateru
Jos â€” The General Emmanuel Abisoye Panel, set up by the Federal Government to investigate the 28 November 2008 crisis in Jos, began public sitting at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPPS), Kuru, Plateau State, yesterday, without its chairman.
A member of the panel, Ambassador Geoffrey Preware, who acted for Abisoye explained that the chairman was absent on health grounds.
â€œI have been mandated to conduct the proceedings in the absence of General Abisoye,â€ he said, adding that the panel had received over 80 memoranda from various individuals and groups.
He explained that the panel did not conduct its public sitting in the state earlier because the Ajibola commission set up by the state government was still on and did not want any conflict since the two were working towards the same objective.
Preware said the panel had extended the submission of memoranda by another week, adding that it would give witnesses appearing before it freedom to present their cases even with pictures and video clips.
He said the panel will invite any individual or body, inclu-ding security agencies mentio-ned in the memoranda should the need arise.
Vanguard learnt that the commencement of public sitting by the panel was initially delayed by the chairmanâ€™s trip abroad for medical attention.