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Jos crisis: Court begins inquest into killings

By Taye Obateru

Jos — Following the refusal of the Jos High Court to grant an injunction sought by the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 3 Armoured Division of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Saleh Maina, to stop the coroner’s inquest into the killings in Dogon Na Hauwa, Plateau State, the Senior Magistrate’s Court, Bukuru yesterday began an inquest into the killings.

The GOC had applied for leave of the court presided over by Justice Yargata Nimpar to apply for an order of prohibition of a coroner’s inquest into the killings and for an interim injunction restraining any such exercise.

Ruling on the matter on Tuesday, Justice Nimpar granted him leave to apply for the order but refused to grant a restraining injunction.

Subsequently, the inquest began with the GOC and the acting Commissioner of Police for the state, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba, who the applicants for the inquest had wanted, invited to testify being represented by their lawyers.

The inquest was requested by Messrs Bulus Chuwang, Danjuma Nash, Jacob Ali and Job Chuwang on behalf of the people murdered at Dogon Na Hauwa, Zot and Rassat villages on March 7.

Leading the inquest, counsel to the applicants, Justin Chuwang, urged the court to determine those responsible for the killings and requested that the police commissioner and the GOC be summoned to appear to explain the circumstances leading to the mayhem.


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