By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”FOLLOWING the violent clash between soldiers, men of the State Security Services, SSS, and the police, which led to the death of two soldiers Thursday in Benin, Governor Adams Oshiomhole yesterday inaugurated a commission of inquiry to investigate the ugly incident.
The sole commission chaired by a retired High Court Judge, Justice Roland Amaize, was mandated to find out the remote causes that led to the violent clash, establish the number of casualties and make appropriate recommendations to the Government so as to avoid future occurrence.
It would be recalled that soldiers, SSS personnel and mobile policemen, engaged themselves in a violent clash at Ogida, Benin City, Thursday. Over ten persons were hospitalized while two soldiers lost their lives in the clash.
As a result, the soldiers involved in the Joint Task Force, codenamed Operation Thunderstorm, have been withdrawn temporarily. Governor Oshiomhole who disclosed this while inaugurating the commission of inquiry at Government House, clarified that men of the security out fit were not involved in the clash.
Expressing his regrets over the incident which he described as shocking, the Governor assured that the state government will soon meet with the officials of the military in the state and the families of the deceased soldiers with a view to assisting the families.
According to him, â€œIt is a sad incident, but I want to commend the leadership of the military here in Edo state for managing the crisis and not allowing it to escalate. The commission was given 14 days to submit its report.