By Marie-Therese Nanlong
Jos—The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the Governor of Plateau State, Mr. Simon Lalong, to investigate the financial activities of the government of the state from May 29, 2007 to May 29, 2015 has commenced sitting in Jos.
At the inaugural public sitting held yesterday, Chairman of the Commission, Justice Stephen Adam, disclosed that 105 memoranda were submitted to the commission.
He added that the commission would sit for the hearing on all days of the week except Sundays, to be able to meet its deadline.
He also noted that the commission was a fact-finding one, mandated to inquire into the terms of reference given, make findings and recommendations which it considered necessary and submit its report within three months from the date of inauguration or such extended period as the governor might approve.
He added that all concerned parties had been served with copies of the memoranda, adding that the parties would be given the opportunity to present their submissions personally or through any legal practitioner of their choice.
The chairman further solicited the support and cooperation of members of the public and those concerned to avoid any act of time wastage or disruption of proceedings of the commission, while urging the media to engage in fair and accurate reporting of the events at the proceedings.
Meanwhile, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Jonathan Mawiyau, said the commission was set up to investigate, not prosecute anyone, expressing confi-dence that the chairman and members had what it took to deliver on the assignment.