By Abel Daniel
The long awaited report of the judicial commission of inquiry into the killings of the Nigerian security forces at Alakio village of Lafia local government area and other matters connected therewith have been submitted to Governor Tanko Umaru Almakura by the commission at Government House in Lafia yesterday.
Presenting the six volume report to the governor, justice Joseph Fola Gbadeyan(rtd) said the seven-man commission which he served as the chairman was inaugurated on the 26th of June 2013 with an 8-point term of reference and in pursuant of their assignment invited and received 22 diverse memoranda from individuals, groups and communities as well as security agents based on the term of reference. Gbadeyan however revealed that out of the 22 memoranda received, read and defended by the persons concerned, seven out of the 22 were read by the secretary of the commission on behalf of some affected Eggon communities who voluntarily withdrew from the commission on the 30th and 31st of July.
According to Gbadeyan, “over 534 persons including members of the Nigerian police and the Department of State Security Service were killed in the crises with 40 persons sustaining various injuries in the crises, with properties worth 3.5million naira destroyed”.
The chairman of the commission further revealed that 65 exhibits were tendered by individuals and groups and were admitted by the commission as the commission could not undertake visit to some critical areas of assignment for security reasons.
Responding, governor Almakura thanked the commission for the huge assignments and assured that his government will ensure that all the relevant recommendations as contained in the report shall be judiciously implemented so as to enhance the peaceful and harmonious co-existence of the over 30 ethnic communities in the state.
Almakura further hinted that the white paper on the commission of inquiry on Agyaragu killings in 2012 would be implemented concurrently with the Alakio report. “No stone shall be left unturned in the implementation of the two reports”. Almakura declared.
Similarly, the state high court seating in Lafia on Friday struck out the motion filed by the Ombatse legal adviser, Barr. Zamani Zachary Alumaga, who challenged the illegality of the commission of inquiry on Alakio Killings. According to Justice Suleiman Diko the presiding chief judge ruled that case was stroked out on the ground of timing in bringing the action before the court.