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Jos crisis: Ajibola blasts rights group over false report

By Taye Obateru

Jos — Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into last year’s crisis in the Plateau State capital, Prince Bola Ajibola, yesterday, descended heavily on Human Rights Watch for presenting a report based on hearsay on the crisis.

The body had alleged that 700 people died in the crisis.

He expressed disappointment with the Country Representative of the organis-ation, Mr. Eric Archers who, upon cross examination after making his submission, admitted that he based his submission on what he was told by victims.

His submission alleged extra-judicial killings by security agents whom he said killed about 118 Hausa/Fulani people following a shoot-at-sight order by Governor Jonah Jang.

He also alleged that there was a deliberate discriminatory policy against the Hausa/Fulani contrary to the provisions of the country’s constitution and wanted the Federal Government to take steps to ensure that every Nigerian got equal treatment wherever they live in the country.

However, when cross-examined by the commission’s counsel, Charles Obishai on whether his submission was based on investigations,  Archer said he relied on what he was told by people.

This angered the commission’s chairman who rated his submission as unhelpful, saying what he expected was for him to shed light on the where the crisis broke out or those behind it to assist the commission in it assignment.

He declared: “I am personally disappointed in you; your findings are very shameful and that is very disturbing and that’s all.”


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