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Rivers poll violence: Group asks FG to set up commission of inquiry

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By Henry Ojelu

PORT HARCOURT—A group of concerned stakeholders has asked the Federal Government to set up a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the loss of lives during the just concluded general election in River State.


The group in a statement, yesterday, by Chukwujinka Okocha, SAN, Herbert Wigwe, Atedo Peterside, George Etomi, Tein George, Emmanuel Georgewill and John Mbata, said: “We have watched with disbelief and horror recent violent incidents which occurred before, during and after the elections that were held in Rivers State on February 23, and March 9, 2019.

“These violent incidents have led to the needless loss of so many lives, especially youths in various communities.

“We are particularly concerned about the role played by the Nigerian Army in these events and welcome the announcement by the Army Command that they had set up a panel to investigate the conduct of their personnel who were deployed on election duties. In the light of numerous disturbing video footages which have gone viral across the globe, it is  imperative that the investigation is thorough, professional and unbiased.

“Whilst we cannot and should not stop the Nigerian Army or indeed any professional body from reviewing the conduct of its own personnel, we hereby, call for a judicial commission of inquiry to be speedily set up by the Federal Government to secure a broader, thorough, professional and unbiased inquiry into the massive loss of lives which occurred before, during and after the elections in Rivers State.”





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