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Sultan sets up panel on post-election riots

KADUNA-An Islamic organisation, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), has set up a four-member committee on the post-election crisis that engulfed Kaduna State.

JNI’s National Secretary General, Dr. Abubakar Khalid, told the News Agency of Nigeria yesterday in Kaduna that the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of JNI, Alhaji  Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III,  approved the constitution of the committee.

He said the committee would take inventory of affected persons, determine loss of lives and property as well as provide relief materials to the victims at the various camps set up for displaced persons.

“The committee is also meant to complement government efforts at assisting the victims and establishing the truth behind the crisis,’’ he said.

Khalid said the committee would be headed by Hajiya A’ishatu Aliko Mohammed, and be assisted by three males, including the National Publicity Secretary of the organisation, Malam Umar Zaria.
Violence erupted in parts of the North including Kaduna State following the outcome of the presidential election, leaving scores of people dead, thousands rendered homeless and property worth millions of naira destroyed.

Consequently, the Red Cross Society of Nigeria and the National Emergency Management Agency established nine refugee camps across the state and recorded 5,000 victims as displaced persons.

The federal and Kaduna State governments had  established similar committees aimed at bringing succour to the victims and getting to the root of the matter.


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