In his quest to ensure lasting peace in the state, the Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, today set up a commission of inquiry into the crises between Tiv and their neighbouring communities within the state.
This was disclosed by the SA New Media to the Executive Governor of Taraba state, Osborne Adi Jnr.
The governor, while unveiling the commission, said he was worried by the unnecessary outbreak of violence in the state and therefore,was poised to bring an end to it.
Citing the powers vested on him by Section 2 of the Commission of Inquiry Law,Cap.34 Laws of Taraba State,1997, the Governor charged the members to examine the remote and immediate causes of the crises between the Tivs and people living in communities of Wukari,Takum, Donga, Ibi, Ussa, Gassol and Bali Local Government Areas or any other part of the state since 1991 to date.
They were also urged to examine and identify cases of banditry, kidnapping and other vices related to or arising from within the border communities and their relationship with the crises.
The Commission, which is headed by the Hon. Justice Kumai Bayang Aka’ah,JSC, also has Hon. Justice Emmanuel Garba,Hon. Justice Ambrose D. Mamadi (Rtd),Barr.Danjuma D. Rindam,as members.
Others were,Prof. Rotgak I. Gofwen and Prof. Istifanus Zabadi, while Hamidu Audu Esq.will serve as Secretary. Barr Emeka Okoro was appointed as the Commission’s Counsel.
While the Commission was mandated with the responsibility of identification of the basic issues and causes of prolonged and perennial crises between these communities and advise on the strategies for securing lasting peace, they were also empanelled to identify individuals or groups that have contributed or instigated the crises and recommend appropriate sanctions where necessary.
The Commission of inquiry into the recent crisis on the Mambilla Plateau in Taraba state set up by the state government has called on the public to submit written memoranda on the crisis.
Secretary of the Commission, Barr. Jibrin Hamidu in a statement issued yesterday in Jalingo added that Governor Darius Ishaku has approved two months extension for the Commission to carried out the assignment instead of the initial three weeks.
According to the statement such memoranda, which are to be submitted in 15 bound copies are to be addressed to the Secretary of the Commission at the State Ministry of Justice, State Secretariat Jalingo.
The statement further noted that the Commission will commence public hearing on August, 3rd in Gembu, headquarters of Sardauna local government.
Meanwhile, Governor Ishaku has declared that normalcy has completely returned on the Mambilla after the unfortunate incident that claimed several lives and properties.
In a release signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Hassan Mijinyawa, Ishaku admonished the people of the state to eschew violence and promote peaceful coexistence.
The governor who stated that his administration has articulated strategies to enhance the people’s wellbeing and safety said the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has distributed relief materials to the affected communities on the Mambilla and more relief materials were on the way.